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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.

How Our Democracy Works

The most powerful body in the CTU is the membership, itself. Delegates are entrusted to leadership in our democracy and in the workplace, while officers and other elected leaders work day to day…

Notice of Citywide Delegates Election

On November 1 and 4, 2021 remote nominations meetings will be held for citywide district functional groups that have delegate vacancies. If there are contested positions an election will be held.

Procedure to Fill
Trustee Vacancy

One (1) Trustee position on the CTU Executive Board was recently vacated.

Supplemental School Delegate Election Procedures

Procedures to fill vacancies at the school level while in-person elections are not possible.

Supplemental Procedures* for Conducting Citywide Delegate Elections

The Rules and Elections Committee has determined these procedures for conducting elections to fill citywide delegate vacancies while in-person meetings are not possible.

Rank & File Committees

Any member can get involved with citywide union activity by joining a committee. Committees help develop contract demands, policy, activism and more.

Constitution & By-Laws

We, teachers, and other educational personnel in the Chicago Public Schools, being members of the Chicago Teachers Union, do hereby declare this Union to have the following purposes…

CTU Speaks! Podcast

Our podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, enforcing our contract, and our fight for the schools our students and educators deserve.

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