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Teachers and Staff at Charter Schools

Teachers and staff at unionized charter schools face many of the same issues as at district-run schools. On top of that, their schools are run by private corporations and non-profit groups that often diminish accountability while adding bureaucracy.

Charter Contracts

Winning recognition was important. Winning a strong contract is essential. Study your contract and discuss your rights with coworkers. Together, Union members and staff can make our schools better places to teach and learn.

Charter headlines for the week ending Sept. 10, 2021

Almost 90 percent of unionized charter schools have negotiated safety agreements with CTU that include testing, screening and increased staffing. CTU-ACTS has established a health insurance committee seeking to provide an improved and less expensive benefits package. And, after threats to close, Youth Connections Leadership Academy will remain open for another year.

Charter headlines for the week of May 31, 2021

Members at Urban Prep voted unanimously to strike unless management comes to the table with a more reasonable offer. CTU pressure pushed ASPIRA to retract non-renewal notices for Union members. Epic Academy terminated four of the most active CTU members on the bargaining team, prompting members to prepare to strike. Youth Connections Leadership Academy has reversed course on closing the school. CTU pushed the General Assembly to close a loophole that allowed ChiArts and other contract schools to skip contributions to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.

Charter headlines: May 21, 2021

News this week at Urban Prep Academy, Epic Academy, Youth Connections Charter School. Big charter contract campaign coming this fall.

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...

Answers for Charter Educators Without a Union

Don’t have a union, but think you might need one? Get answers to common questions about education unions and learn how to explore your options to unite and empower your colleagues.

Is it possible for charter school teachers and staff to form unions?

Charter school teachers and staff have the same right to form a union as all public school employees. In many states, charter school teachers have begun to organize and bargain collectively for union contracts, just like traditional public school employees. Chicago charter school educators have been leading the way in this movement!

What is the CTU Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (ACTS)?

CTU-ACTS is a division of charter school employees organized by the CTU. The alliance’s goal is to mobilize charter school employees around issues of common concern, such as providing the best possible education to all children, regardless of background; strengthening our profession; expanding professional development; improving the conditions of teaching and learning; and bolstering our voice in school-level decision-making.

Know someone that may be interested in forming a union at their charter school?

CTU-ACTS is helping charter teachers across the city to unionize, and CTU is proud to call them our brothers and sisters. CTU- ACTS knows that what’s best for the educators and students at charter schools is not always what the charter operator CEO wants to hear. Charter teachers have said loud and clear that a formal and respected collective voice has let them make their schools better places to teach and better places for students to learn. If you know a charter school teacher or support staff member interested in starting a union, have them email CTU, call us at (312) 467-8852 or complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Know Your Rights

Download our Know Your Rights document to learn your right to organize and inform others about their own.

Charter School Councils Within the CTU-ACTS Division

CTU-ACTS contracts are provided on this website’s contracts page alongside the district contract.

A. Council of Educators (ACE)

ASPIRA Antonia Pantoja Alternative HS
ASPIRA Business and Finance
ASPIRA Early College High School
ASPIRA Haugan Middle School

Alliance of Progressive Teachers at Latino Youth (APTLY)

YCCS-Latino Youth HS

ChicagoQuest Union (CQU)

CICS – ChicagoQuest North

Civitas Federation of Teachers (CFT)

CICS – Northtown
CICS – Wrightwood
CICS – Ralph Ellison

EPIC Educators
Epic Academy College Prep
Independent Federation of Teachers (IFE)

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy

Leadership Academy ACTS

YCCS-Youth Connection Leadership Acad HS

Organization of Namaste Educators (ONE)

Namaste Charter School

Passages Teachers Union (PTU)

Asian Human Services – Passages Charter School

Rudy Lozano Alliance of Social Justice Educators (“RLASJE”)

Instituto – Justice Lozano

United Educators for Justice (UEJ) at Acero Schools (f/k/a UNO)

Educators at Acero (f/k/a UNO) Charter Schools

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  • Bartolomé de las Casas
  • Brighton Park
  • Carlos Fuentes
  • Esmeralda Santiago
  • Major Hector P. Garcia HS
  • Octavio Paz Campus
  • Officer Donald J. Marquez
  • PFC Omar E. Torres
  • Roberto Clemente
  • Rogers Park
  • Rufino Tamayo
  • Sandra Cisneros
  • Soccer Academy Elementary School
  • Soccer Academy High School
  • SPC Daniel Zizumbo
United for Scholar Artists (USA)

ChiArts HS

Urban Prep Union (UPU)

Urban Prep Academy for Young Men – Bronzeville
Urban Prep Academy for Young Men – Englewood
Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men – West

Interested in Organizing a Union at a Charter School?

Organizers with the AFT charter organizing project are always ready to contact you confidentially. Fill out the form below and only use a personal email address (never your work email). Our organizers will contact you promptly.