Press Release

WHO: Illinois Education Association (IEA) members, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members, Illinois Federation of Teachers members, community members in Mendota, Addison and Chicago

WHAT: Wear red and share pictures on social media using the hashtags #MendotaMatters #ATA4Kids #StandWithCTU #IFTStrong

WHERE: Statewide

WHEN: Wed., Oct. 23

NOTE: The Illinois Education Association has released the following statement attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin in support of educators across the state advocating for their students’ rights to quality public education:

“We want to turn Illinois #RedForEd on Wednesday for our members who are on strike in Mendota and for our members in Addison who could go on strike Thurs., Oct. 24. And, we want to send a message of support to our brothers and sisters of the CTU in Chicago by wearing red, as well. To all of you: we’re with you. You have the strength of the IEA behind you. We are proud that our educators are fighting for the schools their students deserve. We support our members using their collective voice to advocate for their students’ rights to quality public education.”

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The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.