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February 13, 2024
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of longtime CTU Communications Director, trade unionist, organizer and justice warrior Christine Geovanis.
Tags: Christine Geovanis
February 9, 2024
CTU BARGAINING UPDATE DAY 4: Striking Instituto del Progreso Latino members ask BMO Harris to settle this contract
It is day four of a strike for CTU members at Instituto del Progreso Latino. With no end in sight, the Chicago Teachers Union is asking BMO Harris, Instituto del Progreso Latino’s close partner and a bank deeply connected to the schools’ finances, to settle this contract on behalf of the administration.
February 8, 2024
It is day three of a strike for the schools students deserve at Instituto del Progreso Latino. Progress at the bargaining table has come at a snail’s pace. This strike was completely avoidable by the charter school operator, but regrettably Instituto’s school leaders and board of directors have failed to put the interests the community they committed to serve first.
February 5, 2024
Chicago Teachers Union to strike at Instituto charter schools after weekend of little progress in negotiations
After hours of bargaining this evening the strike tomorrow is confirmed – picket lines start tomorrow morning at 6 AM.
January 31, 2024
As the country kicks off Black History Month, the Chicago Teachers Union, the CTU Foundation, educators from the union’s Human Rights Committee and the American Red Cross will host an afternoon-long blood drive and an evening panel discussion Thursday centered around sickle cell anemia and its intersection with Black maternal and birthing healthcare issues.
January 24, 2024
On Thursday, January 25, 2023, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) will hold a press conference announcing a strike date at charter schools run by Instituto del Progreso Latino.
January 17, 2024
AFT President Randi Weingarten and CTU President Stacy Davis Gates will host a roundtable on Wed. Jan. 17 to discuss how the migrant crisis is affecting CPS schools.
January 8, 2024
The Chicago Teachers Union on the Biden-Harris Administration Award for Clean School Buses In Chicago
Unionized Educators Credit New Era of Collaboration with City Leaders as Key Element in Award Announcement
December 13, 2023
The Chicago Board of Education’s vision for the Five-Year Transformational Strategic Plan is a step in the right direction
A Statement from the Chicago Teachers Union on the recent Board of Education proposed Resolution Regarding Values and Parameters for a New Five-Year Transformational Strategic Plan, SY25-SY29.
December 5, 2023
CTU members call on charter operator to stop stalling, to stop diverting resources from classrooms, and to negotiate a fair contract that supports students and educators.
November 15, 2023
Our way forward as a city that cares about all its residents will be challenging, but with this first budget, which is now law, Mayor Johnson has shown us that it is possible.
Charter educators, students and community members at Instituto del Progreso Latino to rally for fair contract Wednesday
Educators, families and community leaders at Instituto demand charter operator stop stalling and negotiate a contract that provides supportive and sustainable classrooms for educators and students
November 9, 2023
Today Illinois lawmakers made history by being the first state in the nation to eliminate a school voucher program, a “reform” effort started in 1956 by white parents in North Carolina seeking to stop public school integration.
November 8, 2023
Chicago Teachers Union raises concerns about Senate President’s last minute changes to elected school board bill.
November 1, 2023
State Report Card data demonstrate that CPS needs continued investment in people and programs to support students across the district
The dueling pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice and inequity have made school extremely hard for a generation of students and their educators. Students and educators have worked tirelessly to create learning environments that support the whole child, but these efforts require additional investments.
October 11, 2023
In contrast to prior mayors, Mayor Johnson’s budget recommendations demonstrate a clear commitment to partnership and a willingness to uplift forgotten communities.
September 28, 2023
While Joyce no longer walks with us here on earth, her legacy lives on in the work of this union, our classrooms and our fight forward for the schools our kids deserve.
Tags: Joyce Chapman
September 6, 2023
CHICAGO — On Wednesday evening, union educators and art instructors at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) reached a tentative agreement with the school’s board of directors on a new four-year contract that will center the needs of the scholar-artists, students and their families who live at the core of the school’s mission.
September 5, 2023
Strike action has been suspended for Wednesday, September 6. We have not yet reached a tentative agreement, but substantial progress gives the bargaining team strong hope of an agreement without strike action. Stand by and continue to show solidarity.
August 29, 2023
ChiArts’ founder José Ochoa, management and foundation stand in the way of an equitable agreement to provide safe, supportive and well-resourced classrooms.
August 24, 2023
CHICAGO—With Friday marking an end to Chicago’s first week back at school, Chicago Teachers Union President Stacy Davis Gates will make her final Back-To-School tour stop at Nicholson STEM Academy, located in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Utilizing technology to enhance the educational experiences for students and their families, Nicholson services a high number of students in temporary living situations.
August 22, 2023
Chicago Teachers Union President Continues Back-To-School Tour with Visit to George Washington High School
As the city grapples with an Extreme Heat Watch, CTU President Stacy Davis Gates will visit with educators at Washington High School and uplift the solutions to aging public-school facilities.
August 17, 2023
This event will bring together educators, families and elected officials to help students say goodbye to summer and start the school year off strong.
Tags: Back to School, Byon Sigcho-Lopez, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Chef Manny, CPS: Chicago Public Schools, Desmon Yancy, Englewood Barbie, Jeanette Taylor, Jessie Fuentes, Julia Ramirez, Michael Rodriguez, Neighborhood Heros Foundation, Nicole Lee, Ruth Cruz, Stephanie D. Coleman, Tara Stamps, Vic Mensa, William Hall
August 16, 2023
The Chicago Teachers Union issued this statement after West Side Democratic committeepersons selected State Representative Lakesia Collins to replace 5th District State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, who resigned in late July.
Tags: Lakesia Collins
July 14, 2023
Since Rainbow PUSH’s inception, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. has stood as a beacon of light for all those that seek to ensure true liberty, justice and fairness for all. Whether it be his work releasing American hostages abroad or his willingness to stand with educators on strike in Chicago for the schools our kids deserve in 2012 and 2019, Jackson has brought a sustained opposition to machine politics and has been an anchor to our multiracial, multiethnic and multigenerational coalition.