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!

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Recording Secretary: Christel Williams-Hayes

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CORE Issues: Statements from Officer Candidates and CORE Co-Chair

Read our latest CORE Issues for statements from your #COREClassOf2022 officer candidates and Lori Torres, CORE co-chair and candidate for Elementary School Functional Vice President on why she's a part of CORE. Click here for a full-color PDF.

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March 2022 General Meeting - Monday, March 21st

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Video: Is Big Tech the Next Big Threat to Public Education? CORE in Conversation with Lois Weiner

On March 5, 2022, CORE welcomed scholar, fellow unionist, and friend Lois Weiner to a critical discussion about the changing nature of education due to big tech and COVID-19. Watch the recording of the conversation here!

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Sharkey Supports the CORE Slate

I am writing to ask you to support Stacy Davis Gates and the rest of the CORE slate in the upcoming election. Though our union has many strengths, we also face challenges which require visionary and skilled leadership that can organize our members, use rank and file voices to carry our message, and look outwards to build our strength as part of a coalition that includes parents and members of the community.

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CORE Members in Action: CTU Charter Division Vice Chair Caroline Rutherford

Charter members of CTU were the first teachers and staff members at charters in the country to go on strike in 2018, and CORE was instrumental in making that happen.

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CORE Members in Action: Ida Hathaway, LPN and PSRP Delegate

"I will continue to be a member of CORE to push forward our vision and to add onto the many things CTU has accomplished for our students and the rank-and-file."

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CORE Issues February 2022: Introducing Our Officer Slate for the 2022 CTU Elections

Read a PDF of the full issue here!

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CORE Members in Action: Keyonna Lowe-Payton at Park Manor

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CORE Member Discovers CTU Election Interference

CTU and CORE member Nell Seggerson created and posted the above graphic to their Instagram at @suspiciouspotpie exposing a former Lightfoot advisor's involvement in promoting an opposing caucus. The news was quickly picked up by multiple outlets including WBEZ and the Chicago Sun Times.

 

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Our Agreement Keeps Us Safe

For those who asked why we were taking action AGAIN, why we don't just play nice and hope for the best, this is why: we have a right to safety, we need it in writing, WE KEEP US SAFE.

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Parents thank CTU for fighting to win a metric that flips schools with Covid outbreaks

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The Legacy of CORE's CTU leadership in brief

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CORE has been on the frontlines fighting for the schools students deserve

 

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Congratulations CORE and CTU Officers!

Since CORE: The Caucus of Rank and File Educators took the world by storm and Karen Lewis became the CTU president in 2010, we've defied expectations. 90% of our caucus just voted to re-elect our amazing officer team for the 2022 elections. If we win, it will be our 5th term. Congrats CORE!

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