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March 21, 2023
Chicago Educators and Community Members Push the Board of Education to Make Major Investments in Green School Infrastructure
9:00 am, Wednesday, March 22 press conference will outline the importance of Chicago Public Schools developing a Facilities Master Plan centered around the voices of parents, students, educators and the community at CPS headquarters.
March 9, 2023
7:00 pm 3/9: Vallas As Mayor of Chicago Would Put City Classrooms, Public School Students and Vulnerable Communities in Jeopardy
7:00 pm, Thursday, March 9: Press conference outlining the threat that Paul Vallas poses to Chicago’s neighborhood public schools and unionized charter schools.
March 8, 2023
Willie Wilson and Ken Griffin know exactly what they’re getting when they back Paul Vallas, another Republican who will side always with millionaires and billionaires over Chicago’s working families.
March 3, 2023
The Vallas-Chico duo is bad for working families, bad for classrooms and will be dismal for Chicago.
February 28, 2023
Historic labor and community movement propels educator, organizer, and CTU member Brandon Johnson into April runoff for mayor
Thanks to an unprecedented, historic multi-generational, multi-ethnic working-class coalition demanding transformative change in Chicago, educator, CTU member, and public school parent Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson will advance to the April 4 runoff, continuing to spread his bold vision for a Better Chicago and grow his people-powered winning coalition.
Tags: Brandon Johnson
February 21, 2023
8:30 am 2/22: Lightfoot, CPS and Charter Leaders Ignoring the Need of Migrant Students Placed in Chicago’s Public and Charter Schools
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22: Press conference to demand great attention be paid by CPS, City Hall, and Charter operators to the classroom resources and wraparound services necessary to meet the needs of newly placed migrants in Chicago.
February 15, 2023
CTU commends Gov. Pritzker for boosting early childhood education funding but urges the state to do more.
February 7, 2023
“Two years ago today, students and families of this city lost a champion; educators lost a fierce leader, and the labor movement lost a friend and a true trade unionist…
Tags: Karen GJ Lewis
January 19, 2023
CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2023 — UIC United Faculty’s strike is in its third day — and the Chicago Teachers Union is proud to continue to stand in solidarity with our fellow trade unionists who were forced onto the picket lines this week. As educators in Chicago Public Schools, we see a great many of our […]
January 15, 2023
AFT president to join CTU, allies in demanding that Lightfoot extend improved parental leave to CPS educators, support staff
Randi Weingarten, who heads up union of 1.7 million teachers and support staff, to join educators, allies to demand CPS parental leave that mirrors what mayor offered to City workers – but has now been indefinitely delayed for educators, support staff.
January 13, 2023
CTU, SEIU, community allies to join Brandon Johnson in honoring MLK — and to advance Dr. King’s call for economic and social justice
CTU members will join fellow trade unionists, mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson and progressive champions from across the city at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 16 to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day. After the rally, which is being held at CTU headquarters at 1901 W. Carroll, participants will fan out for door-to-door canvasing, phone banking and more for progressive candidates — including Brandon — seeking election to City Hall in the February 28 election.
December 17, 2022
7A Mon., 12/19: Lightfoot ignores dangerous lead issues at South Side school while she drags on replacing lead water lines
While Mayor Lightfoot continues to drag on replacing dangerous lead water pipes for hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans, educators at a South Side school that serves a large number of special education students are scrambling to force Lightfoot’s CPS team to address serious lead paint risks in their school facility.
November 10, 2022
John “Coach” Lewis, husband of late CTU President Emerita Karen GJ Lewis, issued the following statement today in response to references to President Lewis by candidates for mayor of Chicago and their supporters.
November 9, 2022
Union sees 34 out of 34 victories for the night, with rank and file members pushing hard for signatures for Brandon Johnson, as voters embrace CTU values and platform on election day.
November 4, 2022
Lightfoot’s CPS team must remove Jones HS principal, take immediate steps to address racially hostile environment
The Chicago Teachers Union issued this statement after learning of another incidence of intolerance at Jones College Prep High School, which has been dogged by complaints of antisemitism, racism and homophobia for years under the school’s current leadership.
Tags: Jones College Prep
November 3, 2022
Lightfoot forcing CPS to assume $6 billion in grossly underfunded City pension liabilities in district with backlog of at least $2 billion in urgent facilities needs and desperate shortages of supports for students.
October 31, 2022
Influx of immigrant families in recent months has intensified inequity for Chicago’s public school students, communities – with shortages ranging from bilingual ed teachers to native language resources and culturally relevant curriculum.
October 27, 2022
Report shows how educators are working their hearts out for students and school communities – while resource gap and inadequate assessment policies continue to undermine equity for Chicago’s working class, Black and Brown students. CHICAGO, October 27, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today in wake of the release of […]
October 26, 2022
School district has slashed funding at 40+% schools, while student trauma goes unmet – and district forks over another $200 million to offset mayor’s budget shortfall on City side. CHICAGO, October 26, 2022 — The Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago City Council both meet later today. Both bodies will discuss finances. And […]
October 25, 2022
LSC, school community to urge CPS Board of Ed to make Uplift the neighborhood‘s official high school
“We have so much to offer our community,” say LSC members, as CTU urges support for pioneering sustainable community school. 9:30 a.m., Wed., Oct. 26: press conference with LSC members, parents, supporters, CPS HQ, 42 W. Madison St., Chicago CHICAGO — Parents, LSC members and local residents will urge CPS on Wednesday to support a […]
October 24, 2022
Union urges action that addresses root causes of gun violence. CHICAGO, October 24, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the statement below in wake of the Monday school shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis: “Tragically, in America, parents and families worry about their children’s safety at school with […]
Tags: Gun Violence
October 18, 2022
Educators call for supportive, safe, sustainable charter schools in coordinated contract campaign with 13 charter operators
Acute shortages of supports for special education students, English language learners highlight chronic lack of resources while charters’ statewide lobby group advocates for right-wing candidates. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19: Rank-and-file CTU charter members to picket, rally at Acero Idar, 5050 S. Homan for end to chronic and unsustainable under-staffing CHICAGO — As charter school […]
October 3, 2022
Election Season: Lightfoot balancing City budget on backs of Chicago public school students, families
Mayor extracts $200 million this year alone from CPS to cover Lightfoot budget hole, while school communities across city saw budgets slashed for a third year under Lightfoot. CHICAGO, October 3, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement in response to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s release of her proposed 2023 budget: […]
September 29, 2022
Rank-and-file CTU members, elected officials will come together at 4 p.m. to honor Lewis’ transformational leadership of union and Chicago’s progressive movement. 4 p.m. Friday, September 30: Street renaming ceremony, CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll. CHICAGO —The Chicago Teachers Union will honor their beloved President Emerita Karen GJ Lewis on Friday by renaming the street […]
September 28, 2022
“Schools Chicago Students Deserve 3.0” brings a groundbreaking 2012 CTU report further into the 21st century, with focus on COVID-19 pandemic recovery and equity for hundreds of neglected Black and Latinx families and school communities.