The arts educators at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) are voting next week to certify a union with the CTU. The academic educators are already CTU members. Administration is union busting with typical tactics: third-partying the union and anti-CTU rhetoric. Please show some solidarity by taking a picture with members in your school holding a sign that reads, “CTU@[Your School] Sends Solidarity to Arts Educators at ChiArts!” and email the photo to CaseySweeney@ctulocal1.org.
CEO’s and administrators from 12 of the 13 charter operators where CTU represents members participated in a Healthcare Committee meeting and received information and asked questions about a potential healthcare pool for all employers willing to engage in multi-employer bargaining with the CTU. In addition to better and more affordable healthcare, operators could benefit from lower administrative and legal costs. Of course, CTU members’ interest is to move those savings into salaries and classroom resources. The process for forming the healthcare pool would take at least a year.
Over 300 CTU members from almost all 36 CTU-represented charter schools came together for a rally with students, parents, and allies to demand equal pay for equal work and staffing for special education, bilingual education, and social/emotional services needed to recover from the last two years of pandemic. The spirited rally picketed the entire block in front of CPS before moving to City Hall to demand that the Mayor and CPS force charter operators to use enormous increases in funding to staff up and invest in schools, rather than hoarding the new funding while imposing layoffs. For example, at Latino Youth High School, a campus of Youth Connection Charter School, instead of investing recovery funds, administration announced plans to lay off at least one third of teachers.