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Chicago charter school teachers and staff move towards unionization

3/09/2016

Passages Charter School teachers and staff organize to improve teaching and learning

CHICAGO – TODAY, teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians from Passages Charter School in the Edgewater neighborhood filed an intent to unionize with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Teachers and staff are organizing a union in a proactive move to more effectively advocate for the students they serve. Passages serves a large number of immigrant and refugee families with students who are English language learners. Teachers and staff need to be empowered, through a union, to participate in decisions involving curriculum and classroom resources for the school's diverse population. 

“Passages teachers and staff unionized so our school’s resources can be allocated to benefit our diverse population of students,” said Ann Stella-Tayler, Passages paraprofessional. “A union will allow us to work collaboratively with administration on providing the best possible education for students. With unity, we will continue making Passages an amazing place for students and staff.”

“Passages is part of me, and forming a union further invests me in this great community,” said Michael Scott-Rudnick, science and writing teacher. “Unions ensure stability for teachers and staff, who provide stability for our students. A union will enhance teaching and learning at Passages.”

Passages educators will join Chicago ACTS (ChiACTS) Local 4343, a local of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.

 

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