Chicago Teachers Union

An affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), CTU is the third largest teachers local in the country and the largest local union in Illinois.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, February 08, 2021
On Passing of Karen Lewis (1953-2021): 'Karen Did Not Just Lead Our Movement. Karen Was Our Movement.'
The Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement today regarding the passing of President Emerita Karen GJ Lewis: Our union is in deep mourning today at the passing of our sister, our leader and our friend, President Emerita Karen GJ Lewis. We are sending heartfelt condolences to her...
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Monday, December 07, 2020
CTU Seeks Real Equity in Calling for Injunction Against Reopening Schools Under Mayors’ Dangerous Cps Plan
The Chicago Teachers Union filed a request today with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) for an injunction against Mayor Lori Lightfoot's arbitrary school reopening date. The Union is calling on Chicago Public Schools and the mayor to set clear and responsible public health...
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Monday, November 02, 2020
Unions' Joint Statement Demands That Every Vote Count, as Leaders Outline Steps to Protect Integrity of Election
Leaders and members of Chicago-area unions representing a broad, multi-racial base of essential workers came together this morning at the Thompson Center to announce their shared commitment to free and fair elections and a peaceful transition of power. Their joint statement below also commits their...
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Wednesday, August 05, 2020
City Hall, CPS Must Commit to Supporting Every Student and Family Through Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic
CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in the wake of the announcement that Chicago Public Schools would begin the school year with remote learning on September 8: Congratulations to the mayor for being willing to listen to the concerns of families, educators, community...
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Friday, September 27, 2019
Ninety-four Percent of CTU Members Vote to Authorize Strike for Schools Chicago's Students Deserve
The Chicago Teachers Union this evening released totals of the Sept. 24-26 strike authorization vote. The CTU Rules and Election Committee reported that as of 9:30 p.m., the Union passed the 75 percent threshold of members voting "yes." Ninety-four percent of teachers, clinicians, PSRPs, nurses,...
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Duncan Take on LA Educators' Strike Shows he Knows Nothing of Real Student Needs
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to public pronouncements – including in The Hill – by former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Los Angeles educators, who began a strike on Monday. “Arne Duncan has never taught a day in his life...
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
CTU Statement on Rahm's Proposed Pension Scheme
Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today regarding Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan for pension "reform": “What the mayor is doing, essentially, is robbing Peter to pay Paul, which has been his M.O. since he’s been in office. And the bottom line is this: Pension...
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018
If Urban Prep West Can Close, No School Is Safe
The Chicago Teachers Union was disappointed to learn of Chicago Public Schools’ plans to close Urban Prep Academy’s West Campus. The Union’s position on school closings has long been clear: We oppose the closure of any school for the same reasons we oppose charter expansion. Both have destabilizing...
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Tuesday, December 04, 2018
STRIKE: CTU Charter Educators Strike UNO/Acero
CTU teachers, paraprofessionals and support staff at 15 charter schools run by the UNO/Acero charter network broke off bargaining tonight at shortly after midnight, December 4—the date that CTU educators had set to strike the operator if no progress was made at the bargaining table. The strike is...
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Janus Backers Aim to Crush Public Education, Undermine Economic and Social Safety Nets
Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s Janus decision: Today we will see neoliberal Democratic Party political bosses like Rahm Emanuel shaking their fist at this decision, acting as if they have not been bi-...
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