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Caring, united, democratic: CTU is more than 25,000 teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians acting as one.

Educators of Chicago

Our union is a fellowship of educators across this city who care for students and equip them for their destinies. As we band together for the common good, we must remind ourselves constantly of the amazing things that each of our teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians do every day in support of children and their families. Take a minute here to read about your fellow CTU members as we celebrate their extraordinary efforts on behalf of students, colleagues and community.

Union Democracy

The Chicago Teachers Union is the most democratic institution devoted to this city’s schools and those who make them work. Each month, hundreds of delegates representing every school and type of educator gather to pool our knowledge and collective will. In this section, find documents, updates and tools about our democratic processes and institutions.

We’ve Got You

If you’re new to teaching or just to CPS, the Chicago Teachers Union is here to help. Learn more about the CTU and get some survival tips to help you facilitate the education your students deserve.

Welcome Our New Sisters and Brothers

Educators at Charter Schools became CTU members in spring of 2018. These teachers and staff are first-class members in a special division of our union—known as CTU-ACTS—with special and varied needs and rights. This section delves into the specifics.

News for Members


Board of Education Rally @ Board of Ed / CPS Headquarters
Jun 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Let’s fill the Board meeting with CTU red!

Mayor Lightfoot’s new Board of Education has a lot of injustice to undo. From closures, staffing cuts and health care price gouging to overtesting and massive paperwork overload, CPS educators are fighting attack after attack. Join us at the first meeting of the mayor’s newly hand-picked board of education. Let them know our schools have real needs that must be addressed, remind them that the new mayor ran on an equity education platform that aligns with our needs and demands – and tell them that we need a fair contract now.

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Badass HERstory Stitch-Up (New Date) @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Jun 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Join CTU Saturday, June 29 at 4pm for the Badass HERstory Stitch-Up! Badass HERstory is a global craftivism (craft+activism) project to capture & share the stories of women, female-identified, and gender non-binary humans through fiber art.

Badass HERstory

Badass HERstory is a global craftivism (craft+activism) project meant to capture and share the stories of women, female-identified, and gender non-binary humans through fiber art. Put down your device and make something with your hands and heart!

Grow a community of support and action. Leave a mark. Make HERstory.


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CTU Pride Parade Contingent @ Near Montrose & Broadway, Exact Location TBD
Jun 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teachers, clinicians, PSRPs and families all have fun marching with the CTU in the Pride parade!

Join the CTU contingent in the annual Chicago Pride Parade!

The Chicago Teachers Union will join the 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30. This will be the ninth consecutive year that our union?s LGBTQIA+ members, allies and friends will participate in what always turns out to be a fun event on the city?s North Side!

This year the school and student groups will march together, and we invite you to wear red when you join our marching contingent at this year’s parade. The details of our float location will be announced soon.

RSVP below to stay informed about details.

We invite all Chicago public school teachers, students, staff, parents, and other LGBTQIA+ and education allies to march with us!

Look for us in the line-up near Broadway @ Montrose (exact details TBA)

11am-12pm float line-up
12pm Parade starts

ALSO, join us at the Pride Poster Making Party on Thursday, June 20!


“Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am“ Advance Screening @ Landmark Century Theatre
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm

Only 20 seats are available to CTU members for this performance.

Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
Scroll down for reservation form.


Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s-era book tours with Muhammed Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels The Bluest Eye, Sula and Song of Solomon, her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.

In addition to Ms. Morrison, the film features interviews with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley, Sonia Sanchez, and Oprah Winfrey, who turned Morrison’s novel Beloved into a feature film. Using Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ elegant portrait-style interviews, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am includes original music by Kathryn Bostic, a specially created opening sequence by artist Mickalene Thomas, and evocative works by other contemporary African-American artists including Kara Walker, Rashid Johnson, and Kerry James Marshall.

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Independence Day — CTU Office Closed
Jul 4 all-day
CTU Office Closed
Jul 5 all-day
Bud Billiken Parade CTU Contingent @ White Castle at 35th & King Dr.
Aug 10 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join CTU in showing we love our students.

Join us Saturday, August 10, as a member of the CTU contingent in the 90th Annual Bud Billiken Parade and Festival! This can’t-miss event draws students and their families from across the city as they get ready to return to school.

Having education-first roots, the parade takes place every second Saturday in August to kick off the school year with high energy and enthusiasm. The parade includes contests and participants are judged in categories like Best Float and Best Dance Team. At the end, all attendees are welcome to join additional fun in a post-parade festival.

As the largest African-American parade in the United States, the Bud Billiken Parade has grown into an institution with generational participation across the country. With a live broadcast on ABC7 Chicago, the parade is viewed and attended by more than a million people.

Look for the CTU float near the corner of 35th and King Drive to join us in the parade, and be sure to wear your union red!

Southeast Side Labor Day Parade @ CTU Gathering Spot
Aug 31 @ 10:30 am

Join us in the parade!

As CTU negotiates our next contract and prepares whatever action we need to get the school conditions, pay and benefits that our members and our students’ families deserve we can win big improvements if we unite to win them. Chicago is changed for the better, our members played a huge role in that. Now we have the best opportunity in decades to roll back nearly 25 years of attacks, but those victories won’t come automatically.

The Southeast Side Labor Day Parade is our most immediate chance to show up strong and united before students return to our classrooms and halls.

CTU’s own Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza and the Chicago Federation of Labor invite you to participate in the Southeast Side Labor Day Parade and Festival. This year’s parade will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10:30 am.

The Southeast Side Labor Day parade and festival is expected to bring residents, businesses, organizations, schools, unions and the greater community together to celebrate the accomplishments of hard working men and women. The Southeast Side historic Labor Day Parade and Festival was founded upon union pride and solidarity. Wear your red, show your CTU pride and support this tradition of working class solidarity. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.

Professional Development

Restorative. Relevant. Reflective. The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation QUEST CENTER for Professional Learning and Teacher Leadership is the premier professional development provider supporting Chicago’s public school educators through re-licensure, National Board Certification, and endorsements in which pre-service through veteran educators collaborate, network, and learn to improve their practice by addressing students’ cognitive development and social-emotional well-being through culturally responsive, trauma-sensitive learning environments.

National Board Certification

Nurturing Teacher Leadership, established in 1997, is the Chicago Teachers Union/Chicago Public Schools 2-year program of professional development and candidate support that prepares Chicago Public School teachers for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, the highest credential a teacher can earn.

Nurturing Teacher Leadership has a success rate of more than 94%, twice the national average!

Learn more by attending our next Cohort Informational Meeting!

Stand United at the New Board’s First Meeting

Mayor Lightfoot’s new Board of Education has a lot of injustice to undo. Join us at the first meeting of the mayor’s newly hand-picked board of education. Let them know our schools have real needs that must be addressed, remind them that the new mayor ran on an equity education platform that aligns with our needs and demands – and tell them that we need a fair contract now.

I’ll Be There