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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


Wear Red for Solidarity!
Dec 13 all-day
New delegate workshop @ CTU Center
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
New delegate workshop @ CTU Center

If you became a new delegate this year or last, we’d like to invite you to a workshop about the wins in our new contract and how to implement them in your building.

Learn some simple organizing strategies to get your colleagues on board so you aren’t working alone. Teamwork is so much more effective, and building a team is the key to winning school-based campaigns.

This will be an interactive workshop where you can ask your questions and float your ideas.

The Gathering (LSCs.4.All Coalition)
Dec 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Attention All LSC Members, Education Advocates, Teachers, Charter and Neighborhood School Parents: Join the LSCs.4.All Coalition at:

The Gathering

The Gathering is for anyone interested in making local school councils (LSC) more effective. Whether you are curious about LSCs, what it means to be an LSC member; or whether you’re unsure if your school has an LSC; The Gathering is for you. Experts will be available to help participants: assess the needs of their respective schools, schedule trainings, provide technical assistance, and arrange monthly sessions to work together on improving LSC’s for all.

Dec 17th, 2019 | Tues | 6:30pm – 8pm
National Teachers Academy (NTA)
55 West Cermak Road


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For more information contact the Lugenia Burns Hope Center at Rod.Wilson@LBHopeCenter.com

Sponsored by the LSCs.4.All Coalition

Board of Ed Meeting
Dec 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

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

Same As It Never Was book talk w/ Greg Michie
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Join author and educator Gregory Michie, along with a panel that includes Nora Flanagan of Northside College Prep, Cathleen Martin of Jones College Prep, Roxana Gonzales of Prieto Elementary and Kimberly Goldbaum of Seward Elementary. The panel will be moderated by Essence McDowell, Associate Director of Communications for the UIC Social Justice Initiative.

Gregory Michie is an author, former education professor, current CTU member and Chicago Public Schools teacher. In 2012, after more than a decade out of the classroom, Michie returned to the middle school classroom where he began his teaching career in the 1990s. His return coincided with the first CTU strike in 25 years and a new context of excessive standardized testing, rigorous teacher evaluation, and anti-Black and anti-immigrant sentiment. Michie’s new book, Same As It Never Was, is a memoir about what it means to be a social justice educator in today’s polarized nation and under-resourced public schools. Recently featured on WBEZ’s Morning Shift, Michie is the author of several books including 2009’s Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher & His Students.

Books will be available for sale at the event.

Paycheck 8 (100% of gross pay)
Dec 20 all-day

Normally, members would receive 9 days’ pay due to an unpaid day off on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. However, to make up for strike days, this day was converted to a paid work day. So, this check will be 100% of gross pay.

Winter Break (5 days paid, CTU Office open)
Dec 23 – Dec 27 all-day
Christmas Eve (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 24 all-day
Christmas Day (CTU Office Closed)
Dec 25 all-day
Winter Break (3 days unpaid)
Dec 30 2019 – Jan 1 2020 all-day

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 can transfer schools without principal permission between November 15, 2019 and January 2, 2020.

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