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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…

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…

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers were able to transfer schools for Spring 2020 without principal permission between November 15, 2019 and January 2, 2020. Teachers can still transfer if released by their principal. The next administrative transfer window will be later this spring for transfers in Fall 2020.

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