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My Union

Caring, united, democratic: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

Educators of Chicago

Our union is a fellowship of educators across this city who care for students and equip them for their destinies. As we band together for the common good, we must remind ourselves constantly of the amazing things that each of our teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians do every day in support of children and their families. Take a minute here to read about your fellow CTU members as we celebrate their extraordinary efforts on behalf of students, colleagues and community.

Union Democracy

The Chicago Teachers Union is the most democratic institution devoted to this city’s schools and those who make them work. Each month, hundreds of delegates representing every school and type of educator gather to pool our knowledge and collective will. In this section, find documents, updates and tools about our democratic processes and institutions.

We’ve Got You

If you’re new to teaching or just to CPS, the Chicago Teachers Union is here to help. Learn more about the CTU and get some survival tips to help you facilitate the education your students deserve.

Welcome Our New Sisters and Brothers

Educators at Charter Schools became CTU members in spring of 2018. These teachers and staff are first-class members in a special division of our union—known as CTU-ACTS—with special and varied needs and rights. This section delves into the specifics.

News for Members

Events

Sep
21
Sat
Strike Ready Training
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register at ctulocal1.org/cat

Sep
22
Sun
CTU Tele-Town Hall @ Your Phone (with the number in your member record)
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CTU Tele-Town Hall @ Your Phone (with the number in your member record)

Join the rank and file members of the CTU’s bargaining team by phone at 7PM Sunday, September 22 to learn more about the status of bargaining for a new CPS contract, ask your questions, and find out about next steps in our contract fight.

This is a live event! Call in your questions starting at 7PM on Sunday, September 22.
Around 7 p.m. on Sunday, all CTU district members will be called automatically via the number that the Union has on file for you.

Once you’re connected to the call, just hit the number ‘0’ on your phone to ask your question.

Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions — and we have an opportunity to win truly transformational gains for both in this contract. Don’t miss this chance to talk Sunday with CTU rank-and-file bargaining team members about our CPS contract fight.

Sep
25
Wed
Board of Ed Meeting
Sep 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Advance registration begins at 10:30 a.m. two days prior at https://www.cpsboe.org/meetings.

City Budget Town Hall (South)
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join CTU in mobilizing to highlight the disparities in the mayor’s proposed budget and what we need for our schools.

RSVP: ctulocal1.org/budget

Sep
27
Fri
Paycheck 2 (Full, 2-week pay period)
Sep 27 all-day

First FULL Paycheck of the year

Wear Red for Solidarity!
Sep 27 all-day
Oct
2
Wed
House of Delegates Meeting
Oct 2 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

All CTU members are welcome to observe. Bring proof of membership.

Oct
4
Fri
Wear Red for Solidarity!
Oct 4 all-day
Art Build
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Art Build

ctulocal1.org/artbuild

Oct 4-6: Help build the visual backdrop for our possible strike! (No art experience required)

We are calling on all educators, students, parents, activists, and allies to help the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 assemble the visual materials that will broadcast our struggle to the world.

Over the course of three days, we will transform the CTU building into a hive of art, activism, and community. All ages welcome, and no art background needed!

The build will take place on Friday, October 4, 5pm-9pm; Saturday, October 5, 10am-10pm; and Sunday, October 6, 10am-7pm at the CTU building, 1901 W Carroll Ave, Chicago IL, 60612.

In addition to building the visual materials for a possible, we will be building the movement for education justice. There will be music, poetry, and getting to know your co-workers, neighbors, and others who care about providing the schools that Chicago’s students deserve.

Oct
5
Sat
Art Build
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Art Build

ctulocal1.org/artbuild

Oct 4-6: Help build the visual backdrop for our possible strike! (No art experience required)

We are calling on all educators, students, parents, activists, and allies to help the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 assemble the visual materials that will broadcast our struggle to the world.

Over the course of three days, we will transform the CTU building into a hive of art, activism, and community. All ages welcome, and no art background needed!

The build will take place on Friday, October 4, 5pm-9pm; Saturday, October 5, 10am-10pm; and Sunday, October 6, 10am-7pm at the CTU building, 1901 W Carroll Ave, Chicago IL, 60612.

In addition to building the visual materials for a possible, we will be building the movement for education justice. There will be music, poetry, and getting to know your co-workers, neighbors, and others who care about providing the schools that Chicago’s students deserve.

Professional Development

Restorative. Relevant. Reflective. The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation QUEST CENTER for Professional Learning and Teacher Leadership is the premier professional development provider supporting Chicago’s public school educators through re-licensure, National Board Certification, and endorsements in which pre-service through veteran educators collaborate, network, and learn to improve their practice by addressing students’ cognitive development and social-emotional well-being through culturally responsive, trauma-sensitive learning environments.

National Board Certification

Nurturing Teacher Leadership, established in 1997, is the Chicago Teachers Union/Chicago Public Schools 2-year program of professional development and candidate support that prepares Chicago Public School teachers for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, the highest credential a teacher can earn.

Nurturing Teacher Leadership has a success rate of more than 94%, twice the national average!

Learn more by attending our next Cohort Informational Meeting!

Fighting for Fair Contracts

CTU is fighting for quality pay and benefits (including health care), full staffing in our schools, smaller class sizes and justice for students and families. Get updates and resources for our contract fights here.

Learn more