Tuesday, December 4, 2018

First Charter Chain Strike Today in Chicago - 500 at 15 UNO/Acero

Chicago educators at Acero charter schools go on strike, a first for the independently operated campuses - Chicago Tribune

The leadership of the CTU came under some criticism for organizing charter school teachers into the CTU because it was viewed as helping keep charters alive rather than trying to drive a stake in the heart of the movement. They certainly seem to be having more succcess than the UFT has been having.

Here is this morning's report from the CTU:




Dear Norman,
It's official: over 500 CTU members at 15 UNO/Acero charter schools are on strike—the first strike of a charter operator in U.S. history.
Our educators are fighting for more resources for our students, and better working conditions for our educators. Management instead has refused any wage increase for our underpaid paraprofessionals, insisted on class sizes of 32—four more than the target for CPS classrooms, refused to increase short-staffed special education positions, refused our efforts to bring nurses into each school, refused to provide wrap-around services for students, and even refused to include sanctuary school language in our contract for our overwhelmingly Latinx students.
CTU members at UNO/Acero work hundreds of hours more than CTU members in district schools, for an average of $13,000 per year less. Paraprofessionals—the backbone of our school communities—earn even less. Management's take of public dollars went up more than $10 million this year—while spending $1 million LESS on classroom resources.
We're fighting to end the bad practices of the charter industry and win the schools our students deserve—and you can help! Scroll down for a list of schools with addresses, and join strikers on those picket lines starting at 6:30 AM, Tuesday, December 4.
Today, Tuesday at 1:30 PM, we'll picket and rally at Acero headquarters, 209 W Jackson Blvd. in downtown Chicago. We'll be back on the picket lines Wednesday—and for as long as it takes to win the contract and resources our students and educators deserve.
Watch our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds for more information upcoming actions, next steps and how you can get involved. Learn more about management's failures at the bargaining table—and what we're fighting for for our students. Our educators' working conditions are our students' learning conditions—and we're fighting to improve them both. Join us!
School
Address
Neighborhood
BrightonPark
4420 S. Fairfield, Chicago
BrightonPark
Clemente
2050 N. Natchez, Chicago
Galewood
Cruz
7416 N. Ridge, Chicago
RogersPark
Fuentes
2845 W. Barry, Chicago
Avondale
Santiago
2510 W. Cortez, Chicago
HumboldtPark
Idar
5050 S. Homan, Chicago
GagePark
Soto
5025 S. St. Louis, Chicago
GagePark
Tamayo
5135 S. California, Chicago
GagePark
LasCasas
1641 W. 16th St., Chicago
Pilsen
Marquez
2916 W. 47th St, Chicago
BrightonPark
Zizumbo (VMC)
4248 W. 47thSt, Chicago
ArcherHeights
Garcia (VMC)
4248 W. 47thSt, Chicago
ArcherHeights
Paz
2651 W. 23rd St, Chicago
LittleVillage
Torres (VMC)
4248 W. 47thSt, Chicago
ArcherHeights
Cisneros
2744 W. Pershing Rd, Chicago
BrightonPark

2 comments:

  1. 12-8-2018. The French working class have risen against globalism.

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  2. We are at a crossroads. Our resources are finite. Do we support privatization, or do we advocate for traditional schools with certified teachers who bear the responsibility for the education of all children? Do we succumb to the temptations of legitimizing the forces seeking to destroy us?

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