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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


CTU All-Member Meeting @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for an all-member CTU meeting from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 to discuss the status of bargaining for a new contract—and next steps as we get ready to start a new school year and accelerate our struggle for the contract our members, students and school communities deserve.

The mayor’s proposed school budget is CUTTING social workers, school nurses, librarians and other critical frontline staff, while the mayor’s negotiating team continues to reject CTU proposals on smaller classes, adequate staffing, decent wages and benefits and the supports our students need. The mayor’s fact-finder has sided with the mayor—starting the clock ticking for a strike authorization vote.

The mayor made promises to our students, parents, school communities and rank and file members. And the mayor has choices. She can choose to honor her promises to our school communities, or she can choose to continue to reject our demands and force a Rahm budget on our schools. Join us.

Stand Against Cuts at the CPS Budget Public Hearing @ Board of Ed / CPS Headquarters
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Stand Against Cuts at the CPS Budget Public Hearing @ Board of Ed / CPS Headquarters

Are you angry about CUTS to funding for school nurses, librarians and social workers in Mayor Lightfoot and CPS’s proposed budget for next school year? Are you angry that the mayor and her CPS team will simultaneously increase central office staff by more than 150? Clearly, they don’t want an equity budget. They want a Rahm budget.

CPS is legally required to hold public hearings on the proposed budget. This is your chance to tell them what you think of their plans. You can read what the CTU officers and staff think of the budget in our initial budget analysis issued to the press the day the budget was dropped.

Buses will leave from the CTU All-Member Meeting at 3:00 p.m. for members who RSVP.

It’s important CPS hear from you about this, so we can get a budget that fulfills the promises Mayor Lightfoot made on the campaign trail.

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.


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.

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