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My Contract

Your contract is powerful… if you use it! Educators should know the contract and work together to ensure that administrators abide by it. Union staff will help you learn and back you up every step of the way.

Common Concerns

Get help using your contract to defend your rights. We’ve put together a set of the most common contract enforcement needs and assembled toolkits to help you make use of your rights.

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Read Your Contract

Your contract defines your rights and responsibilities as agreed by the Board of Education or by charter school operator. Study the contract and you will have the knowledge to defend your rights. Union staff will help you enforce them.

Board of Education Contract

District-run schools are governed by the contract negotiated between the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union. On Thursday and Friday, November 14 and 15, 2019, CTU members at district-run schools voted 81% to 19% to ratify the tentative agreement (TA) negotiated during our 11-day strike. On November 20, 2019, the Board of Education likewise ratified the TA, meaning the ratified agreement is effective retroactive to July 1, 2019. CTU members in district-run schools now work under the terms of that agreement and it is binding on all administrators and CTU members. CTU is still in the process of mapping changes made in the TA onto the text of the previous contract to make a unified book. However, by using the 2015–19 agreement and applying changes in the TA document, members have the language of the new TA at their disposal.

Contract changes from 2015–19 contract to 2019–24 contract

2019–24 PSRP Salary Table

Because $5 million in pay for veteran teachers (step 14 and above) was added to the agreement in its final hours, the actual distribution of those funds for teacher pay is still being worked out. Below is the teachers salary table, but note that teachers at or above 14 years of service will see extra pay above what’s reflected in the table below.

2019–24 Teacher Salary Table

In addition, you can download a synopsis with the highlights of the new agreement below:

Highlights of the 2019–24 agreement

2015-19 Contract

Except where changes have been made in the documents above, the language in the agreement below is still in effect. Combine the TA language changes in the documents above with the carried over language from the agreement below to get the total effective language. CTU is in the process of combining this language to create a full text of the current agreement.

2015–19 Contract PDF

2015–19 Contract App

Find Your Union Representatives

Every school and citywide job group is served by a field rep and an organizer. Find yours.

Common Concerns

Union members and staff stick up for our rights together. Here is basic information to help you begin solving common problems that educators have in our schools.