- 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.