Chicago Teachers Union history not easily available on the CTU's own website, but BACK ISSUES at Substance have a lot of it...

Members of the 25,000-member Chicago Teachers Union may be able to learn a great deal about Teachers for Social Justice and the current problems in Honduras from their union, but one of the things we cannot learn easily at the union's official website ( is the recent history of the union itself. Despite the fact that union membership dues pay for a stenographer to record everything that takes place at the monthly meetings of the union's House of Delegates (HOD), that record appears nowhere on line. Also, back issues of the Chicago Union Teacher, the union's "award winning" monthly magazine, are not available on line. This is in stark contrast to most progressive publications, which have gone out of their way to archive and make available all of their histories. The problem is particularly ironic because the current leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union, elected from the CORE caucus and in power continually since July 1, 2010) was elected on a promise of "transparency." Lack of so-called "transparency" was one of the main reasons why the former union leadership (the "United Progressive Caucus") was ousted by CORE in the hotly contested May 2010 union election (the May voting whittled down the number of caucuses from five to two, and a runoff in June elected the CORE slate, headed by Karen Lewis and Jesse Sharkey).

Those who want to learn some of the facts of the history can go to BACK ISSUES here at Substance. This Substance Website ( has been on line since 2008. A previous site ( began in 2002 but had to be discontinued in 2007 - 2008, replaced by the new site. The site is still available to some readers. is available with all articles going back ten full years to 2008.


January 1, 2018 at 7:43 PM

By: Jim Cavallero

The CUT on CTU Website

I don't know about the HOD minutes but copies of the CUT are on the CTU website. If you click the link for "media" it is listed. Here's the link as well.

January 2, 2018 at 9:05 AM

By: George N. Schmidt

CUT should be CTU history, not COREstory!

Let's take a much closer look at what the Chicago Teachers Union has made available in the historical archives of the Chicago Union Teacher (the official CTU publication). While it is technically "true" that the Chicago Union Teachers is available (to those who dig) on the CTU website at, readers can easily note that the Chicago Teachers Union has been publishing the Chicago Union Teachers in various formats since 1936, but that the issues available in back issues on the CTU website on go back to the 2009 - 2010 school year. Ironically, or Orwelianly, this is the year that CORE was first elected to lead the Chicago Teachers Union. Are we thus to believe that the history of the Chicago Teachers Union begins when Karen Lewis and Jesse Sharkey become the leading officers of the union. Or perhaps this is something that can be better explained as literature than as history? Maybe a study of Kafka and Orwell will help us understand how such things could be the "truth" as far as CTU members can get it (without going back through boxes of dusty back issues before 2009 - 2010, available in members' basements and at the Chicago Historical Society). If these versions of history are to be taken seriously, then CTU has whitewashed out the presidencies of most of Marilyn Stewart, and all of Deborah Lynch, Tom Reece, Jacqueline Vaughn, and Robert M. Healey...

January 2, 2018 at 9:26 PM

By: Jo-Anne cairo

CTU History

Isn't this similar to the Communist and Socialist parties get rid of the past so no one knows the truth of what is going on. Isn't there some similarities to Putin, Trump and Rahm. let's get rid of the past so know one knows what actually is going on now.

Does the Core CTU forget the reason why they got started.

January 3, 2018 at 2:51 PM

By: Ed Hershey

Resolution Bank

On a related note,

Myself and a few other union militants have raised the idea that the union website should have a publicly accessible "Resolution Bank", where the full text of every resolution can be found.

Currently, certain resolutions go up on the Blog, but others can end up being ephemeral -- effectively becoming statements only to the attendees at the House of Delegates.

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