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Collective Bargaining

Find information about CPS employee collective bargaining units, agreements, and general information regarding CPS collective bargaining.

The Chicago Public Schools employs 39,448 employees in CPS schools. Labor unions represent the vast majority of CPS employees and bargain with CPS representatives over the employees’ wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. Employees’ collective bargaining rights are governed by the  Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act (115 ILCS 5/1 et . seq.) and provisions of the Illinois School Code (105 ICLS 5/34-1 et. seq.) The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board is charged with enforcing various provisions of the Act.

The labor unions that represent CPS employees and the employees they represent are found in the table below. Links to current collective bargaining agreements between CPS and the labor unions are found at the bottom of the page. CPS Board policies and rules also affect CPS employees’ terms of employment. They are found in Chapter 4 of the Board Rules and Series 500 of the Board Policies. Personnel procedures and other human resource materials are published on the internal CPS employee web-site, HR4U.

For more information regarding CPS collective bargaining units, you may contact Kaitlyn Girard, Labor Relations Officer at kgirard@cps.edu.

CPS Employees and Their Bargaining Representatives

Labor Union Employees Represented Number of Employees* Contract Term CBA Link

Chicago Teachers Union

  • Teachers, Counselors, Librarians and Related Service Providers
  • Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel

24,269

7/1/2015 to 6/30/2019

SEIU Local 73

  • Custodians
  • Security Officers
  • Special Education
  • Classroom Assistants
  • Child Welfare Attendants
  • School Bus Aides

6,225

7/1/2015 to 6/30/2018

UNITE-HERE Local 1

  • Lunchroom Employees

2,264

7/1/2012 to 6/30/2017

IUOE, Local 143

  • Engineers

426

7/1/2016 to 6/30/2021

SEIU, Local 1

  • Lunchroom Managers

377

7/1/2016 to 6/30/2020

IUOE, Local 143B

  • Central Office Finance and Payroll Personnel

28

7/1/2016 to 6/30/2021

IB of T, Local 700

  • Motor Truck Drivers
  • Foremen of Motor Truck Drivers

23

7/1/2017 to 6/30/2022

IBEW, Local 134

  • Radio and Television Engineers

1

7/1/2012 to 6/30/2017

  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local No. 134, AFL-CIO (Document unavailable)

CBTC

  • Tradesmen

NA

7/1/2015 to 6/30/2025

No Union

 

2,583

NA

 

Total 

36,196

 

 

*Employees represented is as of June 13, 2017 and excludes short-term employees such as substitutes and so-called "miscellaneous" employees.

*Tentative agreements have been reached with CTU and SEIU