The Office of Employee Engagement’s (“OEE”) mission is to ensure effective administration of employee grievances, collective-bargaining provisions, Board policies and rules, and employee discipline to facilitate compliance with statutory and contractual requirements. OEE’s main duties include advising principals and other supervisors on employee discipline issues, presiding over discipline hearings, and investigating and adjusting grievances filed by labor unions.

We hope that the information and materials provided here will help you correctly navigate the discipline process and provide you with other useful information involving employee-related issues. If you have any questions even after perusing the site, feel free to contact us at (773) 553-2696 or EmployeeEngagement@cps.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding discrimination, which include sexual harassment and retaliation, please visit the Board's Equal Opportunity Compliance Office (EOCO) web page.

Union Web Sites and Contact Information

Chicago Teachers Union

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union

Mailing Address: 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 329-9100
Fax: (312) 329-6203

Unite Here Local 1

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and Unite Here

Mailing Address: 218 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 663-4373
Fax: (312) 986-3828

Local 73/SEIU 73 - Service Employees’ International Union

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and the Service Employees' International Union, Local 73

Mailing Address: 300 S. Ashland Ave, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 787-5868
Fax: (312) 337-7768

Local 1 - Service Employees International Union, Firemen & Oilers Division

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and Service Employees' International Union, Fireman & Oilers Division

Mailing Address: 111 E Wacker, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601 (Chicago Office)
Phone: (312) 233-8880

Local 134 - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Mailing Address: 600 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 454-1340
Fax: (312) 454-1528

Local 143 - International Union of Operating Engineers

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and the International Union of Operating Engineers

Mailing Address: 447 West 31st St., Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 326-1430
Fax: (312) 326-6928

Local 143B - International Union of Operating Engineers

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and the International Union of Operating Engineers

Mailing Address: 447 West 31st St., Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 326-1430
Fax: (312) 326-6928

Local 700 - Teamsters

Read the agreement between the Chicago Board of Education and the Teamsters

Mailing Address: 1300 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 302, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 939-9700
Fax: (847) 518-6495

To learn more about collective bargaining and to view other contracts, please visit the CPS Collective Bargaining.

 

Overview of Employee Discipline

The Chicago Public Schools requires its employees to perform their job duties and responsibilities in a manner that promotes the best interests of the students, furthers the goals of the Chicago Public Schools, and results in the highest level of public trust and confidence. Please refer to the information and links below for information about the proper discipline process for all CPS employees.

The “Discipline Process Flowchart ” provides a high-level overview of the discipline processes for members of the Chicago Teachers Union, and all other unionized employees. Refer to IMPACT Verify FAQ  for questions regarding creation of Verify events and other issues.

Chicago Board of Education's Policies and Rules

The Chicago Board of Education's Policy Handbook and Rules include many provisions that regulate employee conduct.

Chicago Teachers Union's Discipline Process

The CTU Discipline Process provides a detailed description of the discipline process for CTU members only.

Please click the following links to download templates of the discipline forms that should be used:

All Other Unions' Discipline Process

The Non-CTU Discipline Process provides a detailed description of the discipline process for all other bargaining unit members.

Please click the following links to download templates of the discipline forms that should be used:

Non-Union Employees

The Non-Union Employees Employment Guidelines provides an overview of the performance, management and discipline of non-union employees.

Please click the following links to download templates of the discipline forms that should be used:

Principals' and Assistant Principals' Discipline Process

The Principal and Assistant Principal Employment Guidelines provides an overview of the appointment, assignment, displacement, performance management and discipline of principals and assistant principals.

"Do Not Hire" Designation

Read the CEO’s Guidelines For Designating Separated Employees as Ineligible for Rehire

DNH Removal Request Procedures

Pursuant to the “CEO’s Guidelines for Designating Separated Employees as Ineligible for Rehire,” eligibility for rehire is a hiring standard that is within the sole discretion of the Board to establish.

Separated employees who have a “DNH” designation on their record may petition the CEO for removal by taking the steps outlined below:

  1. Submit a letter (typewritten or handwritten) to the DNH Committee with a request to remove the DNH designation and an explanation of why the DNH designation is no longer valid or should be excused.
    1. If you are a member of a bargaining unit, your exclusive representative may submit its opinion in writing about whether the DNH designation should be removed and reasons for its opinion.
  2. You may include evidence in support of your request to remove the DNH designation, which includes letters of recommendation.
  3. Please ensure that your letter includes a current mailing address and a phone number or e-mail address where you can be reached.
  4. The letter and any accompanying documents can either be faxed to the Office of Employee Engagement at (773) 553-1201 or mailed to the following address:
    1. Chicago Public Schools
      Office of Employee Engagement
      ATTN: DNH Committee
      42 W. Madison St., 9th Floor
      Chicago, Illinois 60602
  5. The DNH Committee will review your request letter, accompanying documents and the circumstances in which you left CPS. The DNH Committee will give due consideration to the opinion of the labor organization, any exigent circumstances, subsequent remediation, or subsequent evidence.
  6. Please allow up to ten (10) business days for a decision to be rendered on your request.
  7. The DNH Committee will inform you of its decision in writing, which will be mailed to the address you provided on your letter or to the last known address CPS has on file for you.
  8. You may request to remove the DNH designation at any time after the DNH has been placed; however, a request for removal will only be considered once every two (2) years.
  9. Please note that the decision of whether to remove the DNH from your record is discretionary.

Reference Materials

OEE has compiled materials to assist principals, administrators and employees with understanding certain Board policies and rules, collective bargaining agreement provisions, and other labor relations issues. Please see below for available materials and check back for future updates.

Please click the following links to view the available reference materials:

Law Conference 2017

Employee Information

PPLC Information

ESP-PSRP Evaluations

Grading

Substitute Teachers

 

Employee Notices

CPS employees are entitled to receive notice in a conspicuous location of certain events or information regarding their rights. Please see below for current notices and check back regularly for future notices and updates.

Notice of Intent to Clarify Existing Bargaining Unit
The Chicago Board of Education and International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 143-143B have filed a joint petition to clarify the existing bargaining unit to include the positions of "Time and Attendance Specialist," "Time and Attendance Analyst" and Payroll Call Center Representative" to the Financial Services bargaining unit. Please read the Notice of Intent for more information.

 

Sick Day Transfer

Chicago Public Schools employees may donate a limited number of grandfathered sick days to another employee who is on a Board-approved leave of absence for a serious illness. The employee eligible for this sick day transfer benefit is allowed to receive a maximum of 45 sick days only once during their employment with the Board.

Recipents

To be eligible, recipients must: (1) be on a Board-approved leave of absence for a serious medical condition; (2) have exhausted all paid benefit days (sick, vacation, personal business); and (3) have not previously received a sick day transfer from eligible donors.

For unionized employees, recipients must be covered by the same collective bargaining agreements as the donor.

For Non-CTU employees, recipients must also earn the same or less than the donor.

Donors

To be eligible, donors must have grandfathered sick days available for use

  • Donors who are an immediate family member (son, daughter, spouse, parent) of the recipient may donate up to 45 sick days
  • All other donors may donate up to 10 sick days

For unionized employees, donors must be covered by the same collective bargaining agreement as recipient

Submitting a Sick Day Transfer Request

All donors must complete and notarize the Authorization to Transfer Sick Day Form

Mail the completed and notarized authorization form(s) to the attention of the Office of Employee Engagement via Mail Run 125 or 42 W. Madison St., 9th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602.

  • If more than one employee is donating sick days, all of the completed authorization forms must be sent in one parcel

After receiving all completed authorization forms, the Office of Employee Engagement will confirm receipt of authorization forms to donating employee(s) and verify eligibility of both recipient and donor(s). If the eligibility of the recipient and donor(s) has been verified, the Office of Employee Engagement will notify the recipient when the donated sick days have been transferred for use. Processing time varies but can generally be expected within 2-3 weeks.

 

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