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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

Winter Vacation Pay for New Hires

CTU members hired by CPS this year received only three days winter vacation pay, instead of their normal four days pay, due to the 11 days of work lost by this year’s strike.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (Schools & CTU Closed)
Jan 20 all-day
Board of Ed Meeting
Jan 22 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

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

LSC Summit
Jan 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


The LSCs.4.All Coalition presents:

LSC Summit

Kick off LSC election season on the right foot!

Jan 25, 2020 | Sat | 10am – 2pm
CTU Center 1901 W. Carroll


  • A Deep Dive on Budget, CIWP Monitoring and Principal Evaluation
  • Winning Your Race
  • Organizing for the LSC Empowerment Bill
  • LSC 101


Email Jianan Shi for more information

Homeless Student Resources and STLS Liaison Info Session @ CTU Center
Jan 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

CTU won some significant supports for schools with substantial populations of homeless students!

20 – 25 students = $1,000 stipend
26 – 40 students = $2,000 stipend
41 – 74 students = $3,000 stipend
75 – 139 students = 1 School Community Representative
140+ students = 2 School Community Representatives

Join the CTU Housing Committee and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to learn about STLS Rights & Resources

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Chicago Teachers Union

Last Day of Quarter 2
Jan 30 all-day
Paycheck 11
Jan 31 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

School Improvement Day (principal-directed)
Jan 31 all-day
Black Lives Matter at School Week
Feb 3 – Feb 7 all-day
House of Delegates Meeting
Feb 5 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

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

Paycheck 12
Feb 14 all-day

Regular 10 Day Paycheck

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!

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers were able to transfer schools for Spring 2020 without principal permission between November 15, 2019 and January 2, 2020. Teachers can still transfer if released by their principal. The next administrative transfer window will be later this spring for transfers in Fall 2020.

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