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2020-2021 DUES

CTU is a member-funded, member-run organization and dues fund our independence. Our Union depends on dues to pay for everything from defending our contract and paying staff salaries to printing picket signs and bringing lawyers to bargaining.

In accordance with Article II of the CTU Bylaws, all dues are calculated based on the Lane 1, Step 6 salary in the district contract for the current school year, plus fees that are passed through to the CTU from our state and national unions (the AFT and IFT). This formula has not changed. Dues are deducted from twenty (20) pay periods from September through early June of each year.

A note on taxes

Major tax reform was approved by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) on December 22, 2017. This tax reform affects almost everyone who itemized deductions on tax returns they filed in previous years. Unfortunately, the law suspends the deduction for job-related expenses or other miscellaneous itemized deductions that exceed 2 percent of adjusted gross income. This includes unreimbursed employee expenses such as uniforms, union dues, and the deduction for business-related meals, entertainment and travel.

The most reliable confirmation for the amount of CTU dues paid for calendar 2020 is your pay check stub.

Dues for Members at District-run Schools


Based on 1 percent of Lane 1-Step 6 total compensation plus pass through charges. (Pass through charges are the increases in IFT and AFT per capita payments, as approved in the 1982 referendum of CTU membership.)

$68,673.00 Base Lane 1 Step 6 Total Annual Compensation as of September 2020
× 0.01  
$686.73 Base Teacher Dues
+ $488.67 Pass Through
$1,175.40 Total Teacher Dues Yearly
$58.77 Teacher Dues per each of 20 pay periods for the school year

CPS Part-Time and District Temporary Position Teachers Dues

Based on 60% of Teacher Dues.
Applies only to members making less than $56,183 (Lane 1, Step 1 teacher salary) in 2020-21 school year.

$1,175.40 Annual Teacher Dues
× 0.60  
$705.20 Total Yearly PSRP/ PT / TAT Dues
$35.26 PSRP/ PT / TAT Dues per each of 20 pay periods for the school year

Dues for Members at Charter Schools

Per Article II, Sec. 2b of the CTU By-Laws, as amended in 2018, dues for members at charter schools will be increased over a three-year phase-in, starting in 2018, to match those of prior CTU members. The table below reflects this phase-in.

Dues Status Salary Constraint Annual Dues Dues / 20 paychecks Dues / 18 paychecks
Members other than Paraprofessional $56,183 or more $1,175.40

$ 58.77 $65.30
Between $45,087 and $56,183.99 1% of salary. Min. $488.68

Min. $24.43 Min. $27.15
Less than $45,087 $705.20 $35.26 $39.18
Paraprofessionals and School-related Personnel N/A $705.20 $35.26 $39.18

Retired Members and Inactive Associates

The annual dues for Inactive Associate Members and Retired Functional Group Members shall be $50.00 per Article 2-2.c of the CTU By-laws.

Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers will be able to transfer schools for Fall 2021 without principal permission between Thursday, April 9 to Monday, May 24, 2021.

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