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Learn how to navigate the discipline process and find other useful information involving employee-related issues.

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 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 CPS Collective Bargaining.

Discipline Processes

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. For guidance on an employee misconduct situation or on how to administer discipline, please contact your Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP) at 773-535-5800 (Option 4).

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. For questions regarding navigating Aspen, please refer to the resources posted at https://sis.cps.edu/aspen.html.

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.

  • Read the Chicago Board of Education's Policy Handbook
  • Read the Chicago Board of Education's Rules

Chicago Teachers Union's Discipline Process

Please click the following links to access templates of the discipline documents that should be used:

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

In order to edit the Google Documents listed above, please go to File > Make a copy and save the document however you'd like on your Google Drive.

All Other Unions' Discipline Process

For Local 73 SEIU bargaining unit members: e-mail signed Notices of Pre-Discipline Hearing, with supporting documentation, and any signed Notices of Disciplinary Action that were not issued at the end of the meeting to: cpscpdcommunications@seiu73.org. You may continue to fax this information to (312) 337-7768, but e-mail is preferable.

Please click the following links to access templates of the discipline documents that should be used:

In order to edit the Google Documents listed above, please go to File > Make a copy and save the document however you'd like on your Google Drive.

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 access templates of the discipline documents that should be used:

In order to edit the Google Documents listed above, please go to File > Make a copy and save the document however you'd like on your Google Drive.

Principals and Assistant Principals

The Principal and Assistant Principal Employment Guidelines set forth guidelines for the appointment, assignment, displacement, discipline and termination of principals and assistant principals.

Pre-Suspension Hearings for Tenured Teachers and Contract Principals

The Guidelines Governing Pre-Suspension Hearings for Tenured Teachers and Contract Principals provides protocols to suspend a teacher or contract principal without pay pending a Section 34-85 dismissal hearing.

"Do Not Hire"

"Do Not Hire" Designation

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

DNH Removal Request Procedures

Due to our office's closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there may be a delay with processing DNH removal petitions.

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.
    • 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:

    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. A decision is generally rendered within ten (10) business days but please be advised that additional time may be required for some petitions.
  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.

Sick Day Transfer

The Sick Day Transfer process has moved to the Absence and Disability Department located in the Talent Office. For more information, please visit the Absence and Disability website.

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:

Template School Handbook

Law Conference 2019

Employee Information

PPLC Information

ESP-PSRP Evaluations

Grading

Substitute Teachers

OEE Hearings

Background Investigations

Grievance Process

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.

Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Effective January 1, 2019, the rights of Illinois employees serving in the military will be governed by the Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA). For more information, please read Your Rights Under the Illinois Service Member employment and Reemployment Rights Act .

Notices to Employees from the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board

The Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union have filed a joint petition to clarify the existing bargaining unit. Please read the Notice to Employees for more information.

Additional Contacts

  • Equal Opportunity Compliance Office

    773-553-1013

    eoco­@cps.edu

    42 W. Madison St.
    Chicago, IL 60602

  • Office of Inspector General

    773-534-9400

    773-534-9401 (Fax)

    inspectorgeneral­@cpsoig.org

    567 W. Lake St.
    Suite 1120
    Chicago, IL 60661