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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

Jul
24
Wed
Board of Education Rally @ Board of Ed / CPS Headquarters
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Let’s fill the Board meeting with CTU red!

Mayor Lightfoot’s new Board of Education has a lot of injustice to undo. From closures, staffing cuts and health care price gouging to overtesting and massive paperwork overload, CPS educators are fighting attack after attack. Join us at the next meeting of the mayor’s newly hand-picked board of education. Let them know our schools have real needs that must be addressed, remind them that the new mayor ran on an equity education platform that aligns with our needs and demands – and tell them that we need a fair contract now.

 

Jul
25
Thu
Bring Our Contract Fight to L Riders @ Four L stations around the city
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Bring Our Contract Fight to L Riders @ Four L stations around the city

CTU members—including Bargaining Team members, and CTU District Organizers—will distribute leaflets and talk about our contract campaign with L riders at each of four locations. CTU members will take this contract fight straight to the parents and community members most affected by it. In that way, we’ll make clear that our fight for smaller class sizes, more staffing, wraparound services and fair pay and benefits will have a positive impact on our schools and communities.

Aug
6
Tue
47th Ward Contract Info Meeting @ Sulzer Library Community Room
Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
47th Ward Contract Info Meeting @ Sulzer Library Community Room
 

Join CTU President Jesse Sharkey for an in-depth Q&A session on our contract demands. You’ll hear how we plan to win better pay and benefits. We’ll discuss our plan to fight for better conditions for students, educators and families. Also, smaller class sizes and full staffing will be on the agenda.

This event is essential if you want to win a better contract. On top of that, you’ll learn how members can organize their school to make our fight strong. Also, we’ll discuss how to make sure the contract isn’t just promises on paper, but gets enforced in every school.

Aug
10
Sat
Bud Billiken Parade CTU Contingent @ White Castle at 35th & King Dr.
Aug 10 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join CTU in showing we love our students.

Join us Saturday, August 10, as a member of the CTU contingent in the 90th Annual Bud Billiken Parade and Festival! This can’t-miss event draws students and their families from across the city as they get ready to return to school.

Having education-first roots, the parade takes place every second Saturday in August to kick off the school year with high energy and enthusiasm. The parade includes contests and participants are judged in categories like Best Float and Best Dance Team. At the end, all attendees are welcome to join additional fun in a post-parade festival.

As the largest African-American parade in the United States, the Bud Billiken Parade has grown into an institution with generational participation across the country. With a live broadcast on ABC7 Chicago, the parade is viewed and attended by more than a million people.

Look for the CTU float near the corner of 35th and King Drive to join us in the parade, and be sure to wear your union red!

Aug
28
Wed
Board of Education Rally @ Board of Ed / CPS Headquarters
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Let’s fill the Board meeting with CTU red!

Mayor Lightfoot’s new Board of Education has a lot of injustice to undo. From closures, staffing cuts and health care price gouging to overtesting and massive paperwork overload, CPS educators are fighting attack after attack. Join us at the next meeting of the mayor’s newly hand-picked board of education. Let them know our schools have real needs that must be addressed, remind them that the new mayor ran on an equity education platform that aligns with our needs and demands – and tell them that we need a fair contract now.

 

Aug
31
Sat
Southeast Side Labor Day Parade @ CTU Gathering Spot
Aug 31 @ 11:30 am

Join us in the parade!

As CTU negotiates our next contract and prepares whatever action we need to get the school conditions, pay and benefits that our members and our students’ families deserve we can win big improvements if we unite. Chicago is changed for the better, our members played a huge role in that. Now we have the best opportunity in decades to roll back nearly 25 years of attacks, but those victories won’t come automatically.

The Southeast Side Labor Day Parade is our most immediate chance to show up strong and united before students return to our classrooms and halls.

CTU’s own Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza and the Chicago Federation of Labor invite you to participate in the Southeast Side Labor Day Parade and Festival. This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10:30 am.

The Southeast Side Labor Day parade and festival is expected to bring residents, businesses, organizations, schools, unions and the greater community together to celebrate the accomplishments of hard working men and women. The Southeast Side historic Labor Day Parade and Festival was founded upon union pride and solidarity. Wear your red, show your CTU pride and support this tradition of working class solidarity. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

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!

Layoff Rights

Despite inadequate staffing and large class sizes, CPS continues to disrespect educators with layoffs that hurt our members, our students and our schools. Thanks to our contract, CPS is required to follow some rules when they make these layoffs and laid off teachers have rights.

Learn More