Press conference: 10:30 AM, Tuesday, January 15
Mayor’s office, 5th floor, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.

As 33,000 LA educators strike for smaller classes, more staff, CTU calls on mayor to end separate and unequal treatment of South, West side public schools and end lowball staffing of school nurses, clinicians, ESL services, other vital education resources.

CHICAGO—Desperate shortages of school nurses and special education teachers. Exploding class sizes. Chronically under-resourced schools in neighborhoods starved of economic support for generations. The mass purging of veteran Black educators—mostly female, both teachers and paraprofessionals. Those are among the issues that the Chicago Teachers Union will demand that Mayor Emanuel and CPS address when it presents its contract demands to the mayor this Tuesday.

CTU officers and allies will hand those contract demands off to Emanuel directly on Tuesday, January 15, at a 10:30 AM press conference in front of the mayor’s 5th floor office at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.

The formal submission of CTU contract demands comes as more than 30,000 teachers and support staff in Los Angeles begin a strike for parallel demands amid a national teachers’ movement for more resources and supports for public school students. The CTU’s submission of demands kicks off the beginning of what could be a months-long bargaining process for a new contract for CPS’ 25,000 union teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff. The CTU’s contract with CPS expires on June 30, and the timeline for bargaining and fact-finding positions the union to call a strike as early as the beginning of the 2019-20 school year if demands are not met.

“We’ve endured eight years of broken contracts, broken promises and broken school policy under this mayor,” says CTU President Jesse Sharkey. “The mayor can address his disastrous educational record by bargaining fairly with us now – and at last investing in the low-income Black and Latinx students who make up the bulk of our students. He can reverse his purging of veteran Black educators – who are overwhelmingly women – and he can end his ‘separate and unequal’ school policies by addressing and ending the educational apartheid his educational platform has created. Be clear: regardless of who replaces the mayor this spring, we expect to begin bargaining a new contract immediately – and we will strike if we must to win educational justice for our students and their families.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.