Teachers and Staff at Charter Schools
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
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
- 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)
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
The CTU New Organizing Committee met with charter school educators interested in unionizing. CTU members at Aspira are strategizing how to deal with colocation efforts. Acero Sped and ELL educators participated in a Know Your Rights training and are beginning to reach out to parents. Negotiations on our first contract with Epic are expected to begin after Thanksgiving
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.
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.
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.