After hours of bargaining this evening the strike tomorrow is confirmed – picket lines start tomorrow morning at 6 AM.
Press Conference 6:30 AM TUESDAY
Rally 1:30 PM TUESDAY
Instituto Health & Science Career Academy
2520 S Western Avenue
- IHSCA member Eva Arcentales
- IJLA member Gabriela Solis
- Parent Martha Rivas
- Alder Mike Rodriguez (22)
- CTU Charter Division Chair Jen Conant
- Alder Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25)
- CTU President Stacy Davis Gates
Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members at charter schools run by Instituto del Progreso Latino plan to strike tomorrow, starting at 6:30 a.m.
After a weekend of bargaining (and hours of bargaining last night) failed to produce significant progress on educators’ key demands, picket lines will be up at both Instituto Justice Leadership Academy (IJLA) and Instituto’s Instituto Health Sciences Academy (IHSCA).
For over a year, Instituto staff have been in bargaining sessions where the Instituto administration has refused to take this process seriously.
Instituto refused to agree to adopt special education staffing levels, standard language around educators’ rights and sanctuary protections for immigrant students and employees.
Those safeguards are especially important for the mostly Latine population Instituto serves in a time when Chicago is serving over 30,000 newcomers to our city.
Instituto is paying itself over $3 million per year in rent and “management fees” taken from the schools’ budget, fees that have increased by 81% over the last two years.
Nearly a quarter of all money allocated to Instituto by the school district to educate CPS students is instead passed on to Instituto’s general budget through rent and management fees.
“No one wants to strike, but Instituto has not made progress on key demands teachers have raised to protect our students,” said Jen Conant, the chair of CTU’s Charter Division. “This could have easily been avoided if the Instituto was willing to fund the baseline services that our students deserve and are legally entitled to.” CTU represents 48 members and staff serving 600 students at both Instituto schools.
Instituto is obligated to provide special education services. At the beginning of the year, all special education teachers – fed up with the school’s lack of resources and rampant mismanagement – quit. and the schools have consistently faced chronic teacher shortages.
Lacking provisions for fair wages that would address the school’s bilingual and special education teacher shortage is a key part of current negotiations.
Members on strike are available to speak to the media post-press conference, and more updates will be provided as negotiations continue.
The press conference will be live-streamed: follow along with updates on Twitter and Instagram at @chicagoteachersunion
We will provide updates on the status of the strike as bargaining continues.