Happy Labor Day! We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and took a moment to reflect on the important legacy of unions and their necessity still today.


Here’s a fun throwback! Last year, in our September “content to share” email, we included our disappointment that Rauner vetoed bills to raise the minimum wage for teachers and to allow graduate research assistants to unionize. Here we are one year later, under Governor Pritzker, and both of those measures have now been signed into law! Elections matter.

  • Check out this link for IFT President Dan Montgomery’s statement on the teacher minimum salary bill.


Speaking of signed bills, here’s another statement from IFT President Dan Montgomery on the importance of the new PERA legislation (SB 1213). This offers teachers a fair appeal process in evaluations.


Make sure you give a warm welcome to Columbia Faculty Union! This group of contingent faculty at Columbia College affiliated with IFT in August.


Have you downloaded the IFT app yet? It’s available in the Apple App Store. And for those of you attending Convention, keep an eye out for new features coming soon!


Chicago Teachers Union is bargaining their contract and potentially heading towards a strike by the end of the month if the city doesn’t commit to adequate staffing throughout the district. Follow along on social media - @ctulocal1 – and share messages of support with the hashtag #PutItInWriting.

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Local 1211 is a 1000+ member teachers' union consisting of teachers, teachers' assistants, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel. Local 1211 is a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. The IFT supports – but does not govern – local unions and their members. The IFT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO.
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