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Below are resources for Contract Action Teams to help engage union sisters and brothers and your whole school community in uniting for a better contract.

Click here to download the Open Letter to the Longer School Day Committee.

Click here to download the message to parents. Click here for the flyer in Spanish.

Click here for Organizing Resources, including videos, fact sheets and more..

Contract Bulletin #14: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #13: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #12: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #11: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #10: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #9: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #8: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #7: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #6: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #5: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #4: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #3: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #2: Click here to download.

Contract Bulletin #1: Click here to download.

Let’s unleash the power of 30,000

Join the CTU contract campaign and get in the fight for a better school day for our students!

The current CTU/CPS contract will expire on June 30, 2012. CPS has launched a media campaign to discredit the Union and instigate internal divisions by pushing for school-by-school waiver votes on issues that more properly should be negotiated by our union for the system as a whole. The waiver tactic is deliberate.  CPS is gambling that by negotiating with small groups of people it will be easier to take away the rights of teachers, PSRPs and Clinicians in the next contract.

Although Unions are mainly shown in an unfavorable light by the media and politicians, polls show that what we already knew is true - families appreciate their teachers. It’s time to activate these relationships: 30,000 members working alongside parents and other community residents will create the strong force needed to win a contract that serves both our members and our students.

To organize the force needed, CTU is using a Contract Action Campaign model. 

The CTU’s ongoing contract campaign encourages every member to contribute to creating our contract proposals.  This unprecedented mass participation effort forces the Board to negotiate with 30,000 members and the communities they serve.

The most important activity in CTU’s contract campaign is to support the establishment of a Contract Action Committee (CAC) in each school. The CAC is the body that communicates regularly with school staff and with CTU. CACs will brainstorm ideas for actions to strengthen the Union in the building and citywide. Ideally, there will be one CAC member for every 5 CTU members at a school.

The CACs will receive information from District Supervisors (DS) – the rank-and-file activists who coordinate the schools in their respective regions. This allows for communication between schools. District supervisors meet monthly to discuss the issues in their regions.

CTU officers and staff are visiting schools to hear what members want in the next contract. In late September, CTU officers and organizers held regional meetings at Dunbar High School, Senn High School, Austin Polytechnic High School, Curie High School, Chicago Academy, Hyde Park High School, Steinmetz High School, and Harlan High School.  They listened to members’ concerns about weaknesses in the current contract and asked for proposals for the next contract. If you were unable to attend a meeting, CTU wants to hear from you. To submit contract proposals online, visit ctunet.com/contract.

 

If you don’t know who is on your Contract Action Committee, ask your delegate. If one has not been organized at your school, contact CTU Organizing Director Norine Gutekanst at NorineGutekanst@ctulocal1.com.

 

Formal bargaining will begin April of 2012.

Let’s build our power. If we pull together, we can win.


Chicago Teachers Union