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My Union

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

Sunday bargaining update, 9/22 tele-town hall, and next steps

Dear Members: Bargaining has increased in frequency, but has not broken through, as CPS continues to avoid movement on key substantive issues. CPS made proposals this week about decreasing teacher directed prep time, increasing testing, and rolling back important wins... read more


Strike Authorization Vote Info Session @ CTU Center
Sep 18 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

More than 30 members of the CTU bargaining team

Join us for an all-member CTU meeting from 4:30-6 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18 , to discuss the STRIKE authorization vote, status of bargaining for a new contract , have your questions addressed next organizing steps and participating activities that support winning a strong contract. We are accelerating our struggle for the contract our members, students and school communities deserve.

This meeting is a Special Meeting for ALL Family Engagement Coordinators, Comprehensive Service Coordinators, College and Career Coaches, Attendance Coordinators and Youth Intervention Specialist.

Light Refreshments Served

Join Us!

City Budget Town Hall (Southeast)
Sep 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join CTU in mobilizing to highlight the disparities in the mayor’s proposed budget and what we need for our schools.

Wear Red for Solidarity!
Sep 20 all-day
Strike Ready Training
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Register at ctulocal1.org/cat

CTU Tele-Town Hall @ Your Phone (with the number in your member record)
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CTU Tele-Town Hall @ Your Phone (with the number in your member record)

Join the rank and file members of the CTU’s bargaining team by phone at 7PM Sunday, September 22 to learn more about the status of bargaining for a new CPS contract, ask your questions, and find out about next steps in our contract fight.

This is a live event! Call in your questions starting at 7PM on Sunday, September 22.
Around 7 p.m. on Sunday, all CTU district members will be called automatically via the number that the Union has on file for you.

Once you’re connected to the call, just hit the number ‘0’ on your phone to ask your question.

Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions — and we have an opportunity to win truly transformational gains for both in this contract. Don’t miss this chance to talk Sunday with CTU rank-and-file bargaining team members about our CPS contract fight.

Board of Ed Meeting
Sep 25 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Advance registration begins at 10:30 a.m. two days prior at https://www.cpsboe.org/meetings.

City Budget Town Hall (South)
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join CTU in mobilizing to highlight the disparities in the mayor’s proposed budget and what we need for our schools.

RSVP: ctulocal1.org/budget

Paycheck 2 (Full, 2-week pay period)
Sep 27 all-day

First FULL Paycheck of the year

Wear Red for Solidarity!
Sep 27 all-day
House of Delegates Meeting
Oct 2 @ 4:15 pm – 6:30 pm

All CTU members are welcome to observe. Bring proof of membership.

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!

Fighting for Fair Contracts

CTU is fighting for quality pay and benefits (including health care), full staffing in our schools, smaller class sizes and justice for students and families. Get updates and resources for our contract fights here.

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