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2019-2020 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.

This year, dues were not adjusted at the beginning of the school year for members at district run schools because the salary schedule had not changed due to ongoing bargaining with CPS and the subsequent strike. Now that the new CPS-CTU contract is settled and the base salaries including raises are known and are going into effect, the dues rate for this year is being adjusted to the constitutional rate starting with the pay check issued on February 28, 2020. The adjusted dues for the full 2019 – 2020 school year will be collected via the remaining pay periods of this school 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 2019 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.)

$66,870.00 Base Lane 1 Step 6 Total Annual Compensation as of September 2018
× 0.01  
$668.70 Base Teacher Dues
+ $477.68 Pass Through
$1,146.28 Total Teacher Dues Yearly
$59.51 Teacher Dues per each of the remaining 8 pay periods for the school year (*See note below)

CPS Part-Time and District Temporary Position Teachers Dues

Based on 60% of Teacher Dues

$1,146.28 Annual Teacher Dues
× 0.60  
$401.22 Base PSRP Dues
$286.55 Pass Through
$687.77 Total Yearly PSRP/ PT / TAT Dues
$35.71 PSRP/ PT / TAT Dues Dues per each of the remaining 8 pay periods for the school year (*See note below)

* 2019 – 2020 Dues per check:

$1,146.28 2019 – 2020 Teachers Dues
-$670.20 Total Amount of 2019–20 Teacher Dues paid through February 14, 2020 = $670.20
$476.08 Total Teacher Dues to be collected for the remainder of the year
÷8 Divided by 8 remaining deductions
$59.51 Dues Amount per check February 28 – June 5 for Teachers
$35.71 Dues Amount per check February 28 – June 5 for PSRP’s, Part Time, Temporary Position Teachers (60% of Teachers Dues)


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 Applies to… [Compensation below includes any employer pickup of members’ pension contributions.] Amount per pay period
Full dues/fees Professional bargaining unit members making $50,161 or more $ 53.77
Reduced dues/fees Professional bargaining unit members making between $41,999 and $42,498.75 $ 37.23
Paraprofessional dues/fees Paraprofessional bargaining unit members making $42,000 or more $ 37.23
Half dues/fees Bargaining unit members making between $14,889 and $41,999 $ 35.69
Quarter dues/fees Bargaining unit members making between $9,040 and $14,888 $ 26.64
Eighth dues/fees Bargaining unit members making less than $9,040 $ 20.73

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