Educators at two charter campuses earned seats at the table in conversations about how resources are allocated to bring the greatest benefit to their students.
New CTU bargaining units organized at Christopher House elementary and Association House alternative high school
On May 26, after months of organizing, educators at Association House alternative high school voted unanimously to join the CTU-ACTS charter division. A week later, on June 2, educators at Christopher House charter school joined them, voting overwhelmingly to unionize with our Union.
Their goals are simple: to increase educator voice to support students and families, strengthen student resources on the ground, and land enforceable agreements that protect and support students and the educators who serve them.
“We are forming a union to model advocacy and social justice for our students, families, and colleagues,” said Michelle Correa, a school counselor at Christopher House.
“A union will help my school attract and retain the highly-qualified and diverse teaching staff our students deserve,” said Jordan Reece, a fourth and fifth grade science teacher at Christopher House. “When we stand together, we as educators can collectively raise our voices in order to ensure that administrators make decisions that support the long-term success of students and staff.”
“I am proud and honored to welcome these educators into the ranks of our Union family,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said. “They understand the power of unity and commitment — especially in times of need.
“They care deeply about their students. And they know that it takes advocacy and courage to win what our students need and deserve. It is an honor to welcome them into the Chicago Teachers Union.”
(Christopher House elementary teachers in staff in September, showing us what solidarity looks like!)
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