Workers Reach Tentative Agreement with Chicago Public Schools


You did it. For nearly two weeks Chicago Public School workers fought for a brighter future for them, their families, and Chicago’s public school students. Today – October 28, 2019 – we’re proud to announce a tentative agreement with the Chicago Public Schools on a new labor contract. 7,500 SECAs, bus aides, custodians, and school security officers have been out on the streets for close to two weeks alongside our brothers and sisters in the Chicago Teachers Union. In the struggle for fairness, we prevailed.

“This is a victory for working people in Chicago and shows what is possible when we unite and take action. The lowest paid support workers who are the backbone of our schools are going to see raises that mean their families won’t have to struggle living in an expensive city where costs keep going up,” said President Dian Palmer in a statement after the agreement was made.

What’s next?

Ratification of the agreement will take place this week. Please see information below for time and locations. For any additional questions, consult your strike captains.

We will also continue standing in solidarity with our Chicago Teachers Union family. Their fight continues, so we will we not cross the picket lines. Please make sure to continue supporting them until they’ve reached an agreement of their own.

We appreciate all of your incredible work throughout this process. SEIU 73 members consistently showed up in force and made their voices heard. This would not have been possible without the early mornings and late nights of rallying, picketing, and supporting one another. Thank you!

Ratification Process

SEIU 73 members can attend any meeting listed below to ratify the agreement.

All Monday meetings will be held at SEIU Healthcare – 2229 S Halsted St (Parking in the back and on the street).

All Tuesday meetings will be held at the Plumbers Hall – 1340 W Washington Blvd.

Monday – SEIU Healthcare

2 pm @ 2229 S Halsted St

4 pm @ 2229 S Halsted St

6 pm @ 2229 S Halsted St

8 pm @ 2229 S Halsted St

Tuesday – Plumbers Hall

8 am @ 1340 W Washington Blvd

10 am @ 1340 W Washington Blvd

12 pm@ 1340 W Washington Blvd

2 pm @ 1340 W Washington Blvd

4 pm @ 1340 W Washington Blvd

6 pm @ 1340 W Washington Blvd

8 pm @ 1340 W Washington Blvd

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