By Richard Berg, Organizer | March 12, 2021 | ACTS
File under: Charter Schools, COVID-19, CTU-ACTS, Latino Youth High School, Namaste, Passages Charter School
After two-days of direct action, Passages Charter School members won a reopening agreement that meets their demands on all outstanding issues. CTU-ACTS leaders met recently to strategize a coordinated bargaining campaign. Members at Namaste ratified their back-to-work agreement and Latino Youth members marked their 29th week of refusing the boss’ back to in-person work order.
By Richard Berg, Organizer | February 26, 2021 | ACTS
File under: Aspira, Instituto Justice Leadership Academy, Latino Youth High School, Namaste, Passages Charter School
Asian Human Services, the owner of Passages Charter School, has abruptly broken off negotiations but members remain united. Aspira members have reached a tentative agreement over the move of ASPIRA Early College High School into the ASPIRA Haugan Middle School building. CTU members at Instituto Justice Leadership Academy are raising objections about the school’s disturbing lack of cleanliness. Educators at Latino Youth High School continue to stand strong in their 28th week of refusing the boss’ return to in-person work order. And we are close to a tentative reopening agreement with Namaste.
By Richard Berg, Organizer | January 17, 2021 | ACTS
File under: Acero, COVID-19, EPIC Academy charter school, Namaste, Passages
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.
By Richard Berg, Organizer | January 8, 2021 | ACTS
File under: Charter Schools, Latino Youth High School, Namaste, Passages
Namaste and Passages charter schools are mapping out plans to return staff and students to in-person learning in the new year. But Union members are fighting back. Educators at Latino Youth continue their impressive hold out, continuing with remote learning. And CTU members in charters will be electing delegates to begin a three-year term in February
By Richard Berg, Organizer | December 10, 2020 | ACTS
File under: Acero, EPIC Academy charter school, Namaste, Urban Prep
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.
By CTU Communications | November 13, 2020 | ACTS
File under: Acero, Charter Schools, CICS: Chicago International Charter Schools, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, Namaste
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.
By CTU Communications | May 28, 2019 | ACTS, News, Press Release CHICAGO, May 28, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union leadership has learned that the board of directors at Namaste charter school in McKinley Park will consider a plan to close the school at tonight’s 5:30 p.m. meeting, in an effort to block educators at the school from...
File under: Charter, Charter Schools, Charters, Chicago Public Schools, CTU-ACTS, Namaste