Asian Human Services, the owner of Passages Charter School, has abruptly broken off negotiations and sent a message to parents announcing the school’s reopening March 8. Passages has backed off metrics to which the parties had previously agreed. While progress has been made in bargaining, there is still no agreement. Our members at Passages remain united as they strategize next steps.

CTU members at ASPIRA have reached an agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding about the move of ASPIRA Early College High School into the building with ASPIRA Haugan Middle School. The agreement calls for no layoffs for one year, dedicated parking spaces, safety protocols and equitable use of the building.

CTU members at Instituto Justice Leadership Academy have raised objections to the lack of cleaning at their school pre- and post-COVID. Unbelievable sanitation concerns include a shortage of disinfectant supplies, no distribution of masks to staff, and multiple years of rodent infestation. CTU members are requesting a safety committee in preparation for a fall reopening.

Members at Latino Youth High School continue to stand strong in solidarity, going into their 28th week of refusing to return to in-person instruction. In their financial reopener bargaining, the boss’ latest offer would erode hard-fought, strike-won progress to raise standards in the charter industry.

Union members at Namaste are close to a tentative reopening agreement with management. Member unity this winter allowed the opening to be pushed back more than one month to March 15. The tentative agreement includes an extensive list of safety precautions including eight-feet of distancing in classrooms.