CORE: The Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators 0000

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!

Latest Updates

Wednesday: Rally and Press Conference at the CPS Board of Education to Oppose Budget Cuts

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Organizing Against the CPS Budget Cuts

As we headed into spring break, we got the news that CPS intends to make $42M in cuts to our budgets next year. For my school, this means losing at least one teacher and some paraprofessionals. Some schools are slated to see as much as an 11% cut to their budget. All while CPS sits on $370M in unspent relief money. At the time when our students need it the most, the school district is hoarding the funds meant to help our schools recover.

We have to fight this.

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Chicago Mag: Stacy Davis Gates Won't Back Down

CTU's Vice President and CORE's candidate for CTU President was featured in a beautiful article in the Chicago Mag. Read it here: "Stacy Davis Gates Won't Back Down."

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Candidates for Trustee

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Video: Vote CORE for CTU in May 2022

CORE has a proven track record of fighting and winning for CTU's members, students, and communities. In May, vote CORE for 3 more!

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CORE's Opponents are Attacking CTU's Democracy

As you heard from CTU today, our opponents filed a lawsuit asking a Cook County Judge to stall our upcoming election on May 20th. Worse, they are threatening the very fabric of our rank-and-file democracy and decision making - the latest in a long string of attempts to weaken our union and power after losing an argument. 

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Candidates for Area Vice President

Meet your #COREClassOf2022 candidates for Area Vice President! Read their bios below to learn why they're the best people for the job. Share online and with your colleagues why you're supporting these candidates.

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CORE Bowling and House Party Fundraiser

Join us on April 23rd for a bowling and house party hosted by CORE candidate for trustee Robin Blake Boose! Reserve a lane with a team of you and your coworkers.

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Stacy Davis Gates: CORE's Investments and Quality Returns

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CORE Caucus Denounces Election Interference Connected to Politicians and Privatizers

On Thursday, the Chicago Teachers Union filed a lawsuit against outside organizations seeking to influence our internal union election. CORE applauds this action and thanks CTU for their leadership on this. Union elections need to be democratic, fair, and void of interference from bosses or other entities. This is the law.

What's at stake is who is going to be sitting on CTU's side of the bargaining table when we negotiate our next contract in two years. If this interference is allowed to succeed, here's who will be determining the future of our schools, our work, and our students.

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The Importance of the RIGHT Leadership

 

I cannot go back to times when all we were offered at bargaining is pay. CORE has taken the collective voices of members, families, and community and improved our standing in this city. We became and are a voice that requires others to listen.

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Laugh Your Mask Off! CORE Fundraiser With Music, Comedy, and Friends

Join CORE for an in-person fundraiser at Watra Night Club featuring DJs and comedians Jaime De Leon, Ken Flores, Mo Good, Jamie Shriner, and Gwen La Roka! It's pay day for CPS employees, so enjoy a hard-earned night of drinks, beats, and comedy after a long week at work.

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Vice President Jackson Potter

Get to know us all over again!

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Meet the #COREClassOf2022 President: Stacy Davis Gates

Get to know the #COREClassOf2022 all over again!

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Financial Secretary: Maria Moreno

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