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.

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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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Monday, June 11, 2018
The Labor Movement Has Lost a Giant
Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to the death of steelworker and labor leader Ed Sadlowski: Ed Sadlowski fought for the working class. As a rank-and-file activist and working class labor leader, he led from a place of profound...
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
“We're Stronger together!” CTU Members Vote to Merge With Unionized Charter Educators
The CTU Rules & Elections Committee certified final results this evening on union members’ vote to merge with ChiACTS Local 4343, which represents union educators who work for charter operators in Chicago. Proposed constitutional changes also embed language on racial, social and economic...
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Friday, December 29, 2017
Honduras: Solidarity With Teachers and Others Fighting for Democracy
We all know we are under assault on a million fronts here in Chicago and in the U.S.. Sometimes that makes it hard to also keep an eye on what is going on around the world, but we want to encourage CTU members and supporters to take a moment and learn about the struggle in Honduras against...
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Monday, October 02, 2017
Union Responds to Mayor Emanuel’s Plans to Close More Public Schools
Late Friday , Chicago Public Schools announced that it may shutter more schools at the end of the current academic year, plans the Chicago Teachers Union roundly condemns. CTU President Karen Lewis issued the following statement today: Our school communities are under siege, mired in a structural...
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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
President Lewis Warns of Inevitable Strike Should CPS Enforce Cuts to Wages, Benefits
The following is a partial transcript of CTU President Karen Lewis’ remarks from today’s news conference in response to the new Chicago Public Schools budget: “I am Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union. I am joined by fellow officers, Vice President Jesse Sharkey and Financial...
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