CORE: The Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators
Under CORE’s leadership, the CTU has won class size protections, bilingual education provisions and sanctuary schools protections. We won big COLA raises in our current contract and bigger raises for paraprofessionals. We won safety agreements that protected us when a court outlawed school mask mandates and that allows flip-to-remote when quarantine rates are high.
We have huge opportunities around the corner for big improvements in our job conditions and in students’ learning conditions. That’s especially true since we have finally won the bargaining rights taken from us in 1995 and we will have elected members of the school board in the next election and a fully elected school board in 2026. But we’ll have to fight to win if we are to make the most of those opportunities. That’s why we need CORE to keep leading!
Join us for a special CORE screening of The Little Mermaid
As we celebrate the many victories for our caucus, join us for a family friendly end of the school year event. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit the caucus. Hope to see you there!
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Vote for CORE’s Candidates for CTPF Teacher Trustee!
#VoteCORE to #ProtectOurPensions!
Voting ends Friday, November 4th at 5pm
This week, CTU members are voting for Teacher Trustees on the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund Board of Trustees. This election is crucial to ensure that our pensions are protected and that our pension funds are invested in line with CORE’s values. The only candidates with the experience and proven leadership to do the job are CORE’s candidates, Jeffery Blackwell and Jacquelyn Price Ward. That's why they have been endorsed by CORE members Stacy Davis Gates, Jackson Potter, Maria Moreno, and Christel Williams Hayes.Read more
When We Fight, We Win!
[Photo courtesy of Oscar Sanchez/@oso_campeon on Twitter]
Lauren Bianchi and Chuck Stark are two CTU teachers at George Washington High School on Chicago’s far southeast side. They used their voices to successfully advocate against the move by a major polluter, General Iron, from an affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood to the working class largely Latinx neighborhood near Washington High School.
[Link to CTU article on this fight]
[Link to WCPT 820 AM radio show - Sunday Mornings with Brandon Johnson ft. Chuck & Lauren]Read more
CTU Clinicians: #VoteCORE in the runoff election for CTU Clinician Functional Vice President!
Under CORE leadership, CTU has won major gains for clinicians and the students and families they serve. We elected most of our slate on May 20th, and now we need to elect our candidates for CTU Clinician Functional Vice President. Mary and Dennis are currently the co-chairs of the CTU Clinicians Steering Committee and are strong leaders in CTU's fights for justice. Read their biographies here: Mary Difino & Dennis Kosuth.
CORE won a majority of the votes cast in CTU's election. However, a majority was not won by any caucus in the election for the two Clinician Functional Vice Presidents. Because of this, there will be a runoff election for these positions on June 10th between the two caucuses who received the most votes for them: CORE and Members First. Clinicians will receive a mail ballot to vote in the runoff election. These ballots will be sent out on Thursday, May 26th.
CTU Clinicians: we need you to vote for our candidates for CTU Clinician Functional Vice President, Mary Difino and Dennis Kosuth. The votes must be received by CTU by June 10th. When you receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it immediately. Put your ballots in the mail by June 4th to ensure your vote is counted!Read more
We Are Honored and Humbled
We did it.
But we didn’t do it alone. It took each and every one of you, your humanity, your compassion and your commitment.Read more
Social Justice Unionism and Teaching
CORE candidate for CTU High School Functional Vice President Nina Hike writes about how CORE's vision for social justice unionism includes social justice pedagogy.
"CORE believes that students' social justice consciousness is vital to give students equitable learning opportunities centered on real life, not on test prep."Read more