Frequently Asked Questions on Contract Expiration
“It is our responsibility to work toward a contract that is fair and equitable to our members and one that will help us give our students the high-quality, first-class education they deserve,” said CTU President Karen GJ Lewis. “While there has been progress in some areas we remain far apart on many others.” A fact-finder will release recommendations on many of the economic issues on July 16. Both sides will have 15 days to accept or reject the recommendations. Should both sides accept the fact-finding report will become part of the new contract.
Despite the absence of a new collective bargaining agreement, as of July 1 CTU members still retain specific rights. These rights include, but are not limited to:
- Wages – The wages paid to CTU members at the levels currently described in the Appendix A cannot be reduced—regardless of the length of school day.
- Health Insurance – Members retain the same basic coverage at the same rates described in Appendix B of the contract.
- Pension Pick-Up – The board will continue to pay the employer contribution for educators’ pensions.
- Sick Days – Sick day banks remain intact and will continue to accrue. The Union is currently in negotiations over payouts of unused sick days, and this will be determined when the contract is settled. However, the PEP program expires at the end of the contract and will not continue unless it is included in the final contract settlement.
- Grievances – Teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians still have the right to file and process grievances.
- Summer School – All of the terms in the current contract should continue without any change.
- Leaves of Absence – All of the terms in the current contract will remain.
- Vacation – No change, however, the Board has already announced its intent to eliminate Columbus and Pulaski days from the current schedule.
- Whistleblowing --- CTU’s right to monitor and police CPS activity is unchanged.
There have been critical changes in state law regarding evaluation and teacher practice begin this school year. Please reference www.ctunet.com/evaluation for detailed information on the Performance Evaluation Reform Act or the new REACH system being imposed by CPS.