CTU members at Acero charter schools have set a strike date of Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the battle to raise standards at Acero and across the charter industry, and undercut charter operators’ exploitation of public dollars for private gain.
“We’ll strike if that’s what it takes to get better classroom resources for our students,” say rank and file educators at four schools controlled by charter operator CICS.
CICS teachers to rally, then vote on strike against charter operator in battle for more classroom resources, better wages and working conditions.
All Chicago educators do the same work for the same students, and all deserve equality.
Sisters and brothers in the Chicago Teachers Union-Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (CTU-ACTS) division have been working hard for many months and through the summer to counteract the downward pressure on the teaching profession imposed by the privatization and austerity politics of our mayor and governor. These members have previously notched some formidable wins amongst their 10 current contracts, including an enforceable class size cap of 23 at one school and beating merit pay.
Fighting for better pay and smaller classes in charters strengthens the 2019 contract campaign in district schools.