- ChiACTS Challenges McDonald’s Model of Charter ManagementThe efforts of Local 4343 members to cut through bizarre management structures continues at ChicagoQuest, where teachers and staff began 2014 in negotiations with their employer, a subsidiary and subcontractor of Chicago International Charter Schools. After winning a National Labor Relations Board election by 27 to 1 in May, the union is seeking to improve stability and educators’ voice at ChicagoQuest. However, the school’s charter holder, CICS, is not in negotiations and does not directly operate the school, having subcontracted its 15 schools to four different management companies. Brian Harris, president of Chicago ACTS and special ed teacher at CICS Northtown, says, “We know CICS uses the franchise model to insulate itself from ‘risk,’ but it’s clear they pull the strings at its 15 schools. Their bureaucratic game will not deter our efforts to make all CICS schools better places to work, teach and learn."
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- IFT Endorses Pat Quinn for Governor
Statewide teachers union also recommends Frerichs, Topinka, L. Madigan, White in 2014 General ElectionRead More
WESTMONT – By a vote of its Executive Board today, the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) unanimously endorsed Governor Pat Quinn (D) for reelection.
Elected leaders of the 100,000-member organization said that Quinn is the only candidate who will fight for the high quality public schools and services our children deserve.
"Strong schools start with a strong investment, and Governor Quinn is the only candidate with a commitment to ensure that all students have the resources to succeed from their first day of school through college graduation," said Dan Montgomery, President of the IFT and a high school English teacher. "Governor Quinn respects and understands working families, and supports our fundamental right to speak with a collective voice on behalf of our communities."
The IFT Executive Board also expressed outrage over Bruce Rauner's efforts to demonize teachers and public employees and dismantle the unions who fight for our rights and the communities we serve.
- Chicago ACTS Local 4343 Initiates New Policy for National Union
This past July, ChiACTS Local 4343 made a huge splash at the biannual Convention of our national union, the American Federation of Teachers. We originated a Resolution affirming our identity as, and our solidarity with, public school teachers and staff. This Resolution is now adopted and official policy of our 1.6 million member national union. You can read the full text of the resolution at ChicagoACTS.org.Read More
Just because we work in charters, does not mean we think all schools should be charters. ChiACTS Local 4343 members are concerned about the impact of mass neighborhood school closings upon the communities we serve and upon our profession. We are more alarmed than anyone about the lack of accountability and the union-busting that happen in charter schools, because these things hurt the young people we care for.
So we decided to ask our national union to recognize that we, as teachers and staff, are not trying to privatize education. We serve public school children in public schools, just like our sisters and brothers who work in district schools. Specifically, we asked the AFT to adopt, as preferred language, the term "teacher at charter" instead of "charter teacher" in order to affirm our identity as teachers before all else.