CTU members at UNO/Acero charter schools are on strike

by Amy Excell | Dec 04, 2018
It’s official: CTU members at UNO/Acero charter schools are on strike—the first strike of a charter operator in U.S. history.
The IFT members of the Chicago Teachers Union (Local 1) and ChiACTS (Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff) were forced to the picket lines this morning, December 4, after repeated attempts to reach a fair settlement with the UNO/Acero charter school operator failed. This is the first-ever charter school strike in the U.S.

We stand in SOLIDARITY with our brave brothers and sisters! Please join them on the picket lines if you are able, and follow and support them on social media.

For more information about how you can show your support, read the post below from the CTU website.

Find out how you can support striking CTU members at UNO/Acero

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 desperately 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!
Read the complete post and find picketing locations.