Rally at Acero Torres for Supportive, Safe, and Sustainable Schools on Wednesday, April 19

Please join charter educators at Acero Schools for our Rally for Supportive, Safe, and Sustainable Schools at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, April 19, at Acero Torres, 4248 W. 47th St. We are fighting for a new contract, and we are demanding more staffing, equal pay for equal work, and safe and healthy green schools. This fight is not just for educators at Acero, but for educators across the city of Chicago. What we win in our contract can pave the way for wins in other charter schools and at the district level.

Important victory at Acero

Sisters and Brothers: An outpouring of rank-and-file support for common sense safety provisions empowered CTU’s bargaining team at Acero charter school to win some critical safety demands that will protect both high school and elementary educators. CTU members...

CTU members on charter operators landing responsible safety standards, while CPS continues to bungle safety in pandemic

CTU health expert Dr. Vin Gupta outlines grave dangers in CPS reopening scheme, as District digs in on forcing 10,000 more educators into unsafe buildings on 1/25 — the same day those workers become eligible for vaccine. 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22: press conference — CTU...

Charter school headlines for the week of Jan. 11, 2021

Acero and Passages charter schools are delaying reopening for in-person instruction until a series of scientific COVID metrics are met. Namaste has agreed to bargain over reopening and CTU reached an agreement with Epic Academy to reduce the extra hours members had been required to work, without pay, for parent teacher conferences.

Charter school headlines for the week of Dec. 6, 2020

CTU members at Namaste are cautiously optimistic that their organizing against in-person instruction has paid off. Educators at Epic Academy kicked off negotiations this week on their first collective bargaining agreement. Acero parents and teachers continue to fight staff layoffs. And everyone is wondering where Urban Prep’s $1.2 million in federal stimulus loans went because it hasn’t shown up in classrooms.

Charter headlines for the week of Nov. 9

Namaste is the latest charter school to experience a COVID-19 outbreak. After months of negotiations, and a request for a mediator, we are seeing progress in CICS-Civitas talks. Instituto Health and Science Career Academy is hiring a psychologist to comply with the CTU contract. Three laid off special education apprentices have been recalled at Acero, after members organized against the layoffs.

Charter school headlines for the week of Oct. 26

Charter school headlines for the week of Oct. 26

CTU leaders from Acero are fighting layoffs. The CTU New Organizing Committee and the Union’s Charter Division are both taking big steps. Meanwhile, Epic Academy and Namaste Charter School have each made important new agreements with the Union.