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April 19, 2024

CTU Statement on the Passing of Rev. Walter “Slim” Coleman

Reverend Walter ‘Slim’ Coleman passed away at age 80 on Wednesday, April 17. His commitment to social justice permeated throughout his life and shaped the political landscape of our city and nation in ways that will reverberate for generations.

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Chicago Teachers Union Statement on Margaret Croke’s proposed bill HB 303

Chicago Teachers Union President Stacy Davis Gates said at Collins High School this yesterday when asked about Margaret Croke’s proposed bill HB 303: “We don’t support HB 303 because it addresses an issue that does not exist and causes more problems. This bill is cynical, racist, and will negatively impact all Chicago students. The Chicago […]

February 13, 2024

Rest in power, Christine Geovanis

Christine Geovanis (right) talks to reporters on her cell phone during a solidarity rally, accompanied by her late husband, Dick Reilly (left). Source: Sarah Rhee

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of longtime CTU Communications Director, trade unionist, organizer and justice warrior Christine Geovanis.

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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.

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February 8, 2024

BARGAINING UPDATE: Instituto forces day three of a strike instead of committing to fund its schools

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.

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January 31, 2024

Chicago Teachers Union to Host Black History Month Blood Drive

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

Chicago Teachers Union Ready to Strike at Instituto Schools

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.

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January 17, 2024

Chicago Teachers Union Roundtable and Media Availability Advisory — January 17

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

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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.

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December 5, 2023

Union educators at Instituto del Progreso Latino vote unanimously to authorize strike

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.

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November 15, 2023

The CTU applauds the passage of Mayor Johnson’s 2024 budget

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.

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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

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November 9, 2023

Historic win for public education as state voucher scheme is defeated

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.

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November 8, 2023

Statement on New Elected School Board Legislation

Chicago Teachers Union raises concerns about Senate President’s last minute changes to elected school board bill.

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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.

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October 11, 2023

The CTU Applauds Mayor Brandon Johnson’s 2024 Budget

In contrast to prior mayors, Mayor Johnson’s budget recommendations demonstrate a clear commitment to partnership and a willingness to uplift forgotten communities.

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September 28, 2023

CTU Statement on the Passing of Joyce Chapman

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.

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September 6, 2023

ChiArts Educators Reach Tentative Agreement with School Management

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

Update: ChiArts strike suspended thanks to substantial breakthroughs

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.

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August 29, 2023

CTU educators at ChiArts Charter set to strike

ChiArts’ founder José Ochoa, management and foundation stand in the way of an equitable agreement to provide safe, supportive and well-resourced classrooms.

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August 24, 2023

CTU President Wraps Up Back-to-School Tour with Visit to Nicholson STEM Academy

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.

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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.

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