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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 Election for Executive Board Vacancies

The Rules and Elections Committee has approved these procedures for nomination and election to three (3) vacant Elementary Teacher Functional Vice President positions.

Notice of Election for Citywide Delegate Vacancies

Nominations and an election for citywide functional groups that have delegate vacancies will be held in spring 2021. Nominations will be taken on May 25 & 27. Election will be held June 3 & 4.

Notice of Elections

for the 2021-2023 three-year delegate term, throughout the Union.

Delegate positions in every school and for every citywide functional group will require new nominations and, if contested, elections starting December 1, 2020 for delegates to be seated at the February 2021 House meeting.

School Delegate Election Supplemental Procedures

The CTU Executive Board approved these procedures for conducting elections to fill school 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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