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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.

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 Anne Dietz, call her at (312) 467-8852 or complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Current Organizing

Noble Network of Charter Schools

Go to the Union of Noble Educators (UNE) website or call (312) 738-3010 if you’re interested in learning more or want to join the organizing efforts!

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

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)

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)

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

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.

It’s official: CTU members at UNO/Acero will strike on 12/4

It’s official: We will strike on December 4. UNO/Acero management has continued to stall in negotiations on key points that include class size, appropriate and reasonable staffing levels and equal pay for equal work, Be clear: UNO/Acero managers are making a choice....

10/24: CTU to rally at charter board meeting, announce strike votes

Cost of living and average wage at Chicago charters less than AZ, OK, WV—the states that sparked teacher rebellions across the nation—as negotiations with operators stall on issues of classroom resources, working conditions. Protest/press conference: 5 p.m.,...

STRIKE-READY! Rally Oct. 24 to announce authorization votes

With charter bosses sitting on two large funding increases that amount to 8% more funding than district schools, NOW is the time for us to win the Staffing our students need (especially in special education) and the Equal Pay for Equal Work that we deserve. Our power...

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.