MTA supports Chicago teachers

The American Federation of Teachers suggests these ways to support the Chicago Teachers Union in its strike:

“Chicago Teachers Union is the AFT’s Local No. 1; it’s where our union was born,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said in a statement of support. “The CTU has a proud tradition of uniting and standing together to advocate and agitate for better—for students, for our communities and for our members.”

The 1.5 million members of the AFT are proud to stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in their fight to ensure that every child in Chicago’s public schools has access to a great education, and that educators and their work are valued.

Show Your Solidarity: Wear Red!
Show your support for the CTU and Chicago students by wearing red on Wednesday, Sept. 12, and send your group photos to

Additional Ways to Show Support:

Send letters and resolutions of support.

Mail to: 
Karen Lewis, President, Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1

Attention: Audrey May

222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 400 

Chicago, Il 60654

Make a donation
Checks should be made payable to CTU Solidarity Fund and mailed to the address above. Credit card donations can be made here.

Volunteer your time. 

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help CTU, sign up here.

CTU Facebook Page


MTA Board of Directors New Business Item No. 1.  (Adopted August 2012)

Support for the Chicago Teachers Union

Whereas all students deserve the right to a quality public education in their neighborhood school, and

Whereas all students deserve smaller class sizes to receive adequate attention from teachers, and

Whereas all students deserve access to a broad and diverse curriculum that includes art, world languages, computer literacy, and physical education, and

Whereas all students deserve support including fully-staffed libraries in all schools, access to social workers, school nurses, therapists and psychologists, and

Whereas teachers deserve to be adequately compensated for their work, and

Whereas the revenue necessary to fund a quality public education can be substantially realized by reallocating resources that go to mostly non-union charter schools and other allocations which currently siphon revenue from public schools, and

Whereas teachers deserve protection against arbitrary dismissal and a fair recall procedure so that the talents and expertise of experienced teachers can be put to the best use serving the students of Chicago, and

Whereas the Chicago Board of Education, among other concessions, is demanding “merit pay” for teachers based on student test scores, despite a consensus among researchers that such scores do not reliably measure a teacher’s ability, and

Whereas the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) is standing up for the children of Chicago and for all public employees and unions in this time of budget cutting and union busting, therefore

Be it resolved that the Massachusetts Teachers Association of the National Education Association supports the Chicago Teachers Union in its fight to negotiate a contract that addresses all of these issues with the Chicago Board of Education.

Be it further resolved that the MTA endorses local solidarity events in support of the CTU.

Be it further resolved that the MTA communicate such support to its locals and members, including encouraging them to adopt support resolutions or sign petitions and communicate their support for CTU and its demands to the Chicago Board of Education and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel's Statement on the Strike