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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.

CTU, charter operator agree to use State COVID metrics — and keep Passages students learning remotely as virus surges

CPS has consistently rejected CTU requests for those metrics standards for District-run schools, as Lightfoot refuses to waver from school reopenings and pandemic surges again in Black and Brown Chicago neighborhoods. CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2021—Passages Charter School...

Charter school headlines for the week of Jan. 4, 2021

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

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.

CTU members at Passages unanimously vote to accept tentative agreement

New contract cements protections for immigrant and special education students, raises wage floor and rights for educators to levels in CPS district-run schools. CHICAGO, Nov. 8, 2019—Chicago Teachers Union members at Passages charter school voted unanimously today to...
Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Saturday and Sunday, October 26-7 10:00 a.m., TODAY, Saturday, 10/26/19: Labor and Community Solidarity Rally! Family-friendly rally, celebration and show of solidarity for striking CTU and SEIU Local 73 workers, cosponsored by the Chicago Federation...

10/25 CTU strike schedule/bargaining update: No agreement yet, but real progress at bargaining table

STRIKE SCHEDULE: TODAY, Friday, October 25 6:30 a.m.: Picket lines go up at all 500+ CPS district-run schools, PLUS Passages Charter strike picket line at 1643 W Bryn Mawr 7:30 a.m./SPANISH Language: CTU President Jesse Sharkey, CTU officer Maria Moreno. Lane Tech,...
CTU Passages charter strikers to protest charter operator greed at high-rent fundraiser

CTU Passages charter strikers to protest charter operator greed at high-rent fundraiser

6:00 p.m.: Picket/press conference, Passages charter teachers at charter operator’s ‘gala’ fundraiser, 825 W. Erie Charter CEO makes same $250,00 salary to run one school as CPS CEO makes to run over 500, in naked example of operator self-enrichment...
Mayor puts brick on progress in bargaining as 4th charter strike this year begins

Mayor puts brick on progress in bargaining as 4th charter strike this year begins

6:30 a.m. TODAY, Tuesday, Oct. 22: Picket lines go up at 500+ Chicago public schools SEE BELOW for full schedule/locations/times Mayor blocks any additional movement at table, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, AFT President Randi Weingarten come to support strikers and...