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My Union

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

Together, our union fights to win.

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

It’s official: CTU members at UNO/Acero will strike on 12/4

It’s official: We will strike on December 4. UNO/Acero management has continued to stall in negotiations on key points that include class size, appropriate and reasonable staffing levels and equal pay for equal work, Be clear: UNO/Acero managers are making a choice.... read more


Elementary Report Card Pickup
Nov 14 all-day

Parents are asked to pick up report cards and conference with teachers after the first and third quarters. Parent-Teacher conference days are non-attendance days for students.

High School Report Card Pickup
Nov 15 all-day

Parents are asked to pick up report cards and conference with teachers after the first and third quarters. Parent-Teacher conference days are non-attendance days for students.

The Great Displacement: Mayoral Forum! @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mayoral Forum on Reversing African-American Pushout and Building a Chicago for the Many

Forum Title overlaying image of boarded up South Side Masonic Temple

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The next mayor of Chicago has an historic opportunity to make Chicago a sanctuary city for all working class, Black, and Latinx families at a time when disinvestment is pushing hundreds of thousands of African-Americans out of Chicago and squeezing working-class Latinx and white communities ever tighter.

Come hear from leading mayoral candidates on how they will stop the pushout of working people and build a Chicago for the many, not the few.

Sponsors (in formation): Action Now, Chicago Teachers Union, Grassroots Illinois Action, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 11, People United for Action, SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, UE Western Region, United Working Families.

Candidate invitations will be based on viability (measured by polling) and grassroots support (measured by an online vote).

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Unpaid Vacation Day
Nov 21 all-day
Thanksgiving (Paid Holiday)
Nov 22 all-day
Paid Holiday
Nov 23 all-day
Pay Day 6 (Full Paycheck)
Nov 23 all-day

For work Oct. 28 through Nov. 10: Full, 10-day paycheck.

Executive Board Meeting
Nov 26 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This meeting is open only to members of the CTU Executive Board.

District Organizers Meeting
Nov 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This meeting is open only to CTU District Organizers.

House of Delegates Meeting
Dec 5 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Professional Development

The Chicago Teachers Union Foundation Quest Center is the premier professional development provider in Chicago for Chicago’s public school teachers, clinicians, counselors, and PSRPs. We offer a variety of professional learning opportunities through workshops, courses, learning series, and learning labs. Quest Center also hosts Nurturing Teacher Leadership, 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. All of our professional development offerings provide the opportunity for participants to collaborate and network to improve their practice. All sessions offer ISBE Professional Development Hours, and some courses offer an additional CPS Lane Placement Credit option.

Join a Committee

CTU committees are a great way for any member to make a difference. Join one now!

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