Breaking: Tentative agreement in first charter teacher strike.


CHICAGO—The bargaining team for more than 500 striking CTU members at 15 UNO/Acero charter schools reached a tentative agreement with management just before 5AM this morning. The strike has been suspended.

Teachers and paraprofessionals will hold a rally and press conference at 1PM today at CTU headquarters to share more details about the tentative agreement, which aligns pay for educators and paraprofessionals with pay scales in CPS schools over the course of the agreement, reduces class and includes language in the contract that sets terms for sanctuary schools for students and families.

More details will be available at this afternoon’s press conference and rally, scheduled for 1PM at CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll on Chicago’s West Side.

CTU educators at UNO/Acero schools have been on strike since Tuesday, as they’ve held the picket lines at their schools with parents and protested for more classroom resources, smaller class sizes, sanctuary protections for their immigrant students and fair wages—particularly for low-wage paraprofessionals.

The strike is the first of a charter operator in the nation.

Educators’ demands are simple and reasonable: lower class sizes for students, sanctuary for students and other members of our school communities, and fair compensation for educators, especially teacher assistants and other low-wage support staff.

13 thoughts on “Breaking: Tentative agreement in first charter teacher strike.

  1. In a zero sum game, additional resources for charters will come out of the hides of district public school students.

    1. So you think smaller class sizes, comparable pay and sanctuary status for unionized charter teachers and schools is a defeat? It would have been better for the CTU to lose?

      1. Charter schools nationwide are spending billions of dollars replicating already existing frameworks and structures. I advocate for students and teachers to win. In Newark, approximately one third of children attend charters wreaking havoc on district school budgets. Instead of working to end the duplication of extant school districts, we are seeking to perpetuate and sanction them. Traditional public schools are required to welcome students any day of the year regardless of their homelessness, hunger, or special needs status. As a result of charter school cherry picking, public school teachers are faced with increasing percentages of the most challenging students. Charters do not concern themselves with newly arrived English language learners, or nonverbal autistic children. While I applaud the victories of my charter school brother and sister teachers, we neglect to analyze the larger picture at our own peril. Privatization of public services serves as a threat to our democracy.

      2. I do not believe we have neglected to analyze the larger picture of privatization here. Part of that analysis is the important role that organizing the unorganized has in the restriction and reversal of public school privatization.

    1. Okay. Final point. I don’t know anything about yellow brick roads. But I do know that the raison d’etre for charter schools is the ability to function without and ultimately destroy teacher unions. If charter teachers work under comparable contracts as traditional school teachers as a result of the right to collective bargaining and bargain not just salary and benefits, but also working/teaching conditions, what becomes the value of charter chains?

  2. The purpose of charter chains is to gain private access to public funds to facilitate return on investment. For example, a charter chain purchases a building with public investment and later sells it at a profit, which is retained in private hands. When charter schools close, their furniture and computers are not turned over to the district. Charter schools pose a huge financial loss to communities. Common Core Standards were devised to expand markets by having all schools on the same page to more easily sell textbooks and computer software. Union busting is a small component of the privatization process. Allocation of additional resources to charter schools is a net loss to public school districts.

    1. Laughing. I wasn’t going to continue this. However, this is what I first objected to when you first first posted. You said that the win by the CTU against Acero/UNO was a victory at a cost to public school students and public schools. The only logical conclusion from that is that it would have been better for the teachers union to have lost. But we are done here. Thanks for sharing your views.

  3. Clever sign! I’ll have to remember that the next time I (have to be) involved in a protest.
    (Pick a day…any day…) Wouldn’t it be nice if 2019 & on could be a world where we wouldn’t HAVE to protest anything?!

  4. Public School unions on the state and national levels have sold out their members. Instead of measuring victories in what is gained they talk about the loses and how they could have been much greater without the union. A priority should be the right for public employees everywhere to have the right to strike . As a NYSUT member I recall the leadership telling us how the passage of the charter school law was not a bad thing. We could now control charters and growth. How did that work out?

  5. Another Chicago charter chain has forced their teachers to go on strike. What can we do to help our union sisters and brothers against this unfair employer? What are the candidates position on this?

  6. The strike against Chicago International Charter Schools, (CICS), has gone on for several days. I have not seen any updates today. Parents reported being threatened by the CICS administration; any students that did not show up would be counted as unexcused absences and could be permanently dropped from the program. That’s a new low. Which candidates think this is OK? Which candidates will go down and join the picket line?

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