• CICS ChicagoQuest Staff Joins Chicago ACTS in a Nearly Unanimous Vote

    5/20/2014

    CHICAGO – On Tuesday, Teachers at CICS ChicagoQuest Charter School in a nearly unanimous vote,  joined a union after months of their employer refusing to recognize a majority's wish to unionize.  96% of staff at the west side school voted for a union, joining fellow educators at the three other CICS schools as members of the Local 4343 of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers.

    In December, 94% of teachers and staff signed cards showing their decision to join the union and announced this decision on December 18th. Teachers and staff indicated that the lack of voice they had in the decision making at the school was a key factor in their desire to unionize. Like most charter schools in Chicago, the main authority over CICS schools is an appointed Board of Directors that does not include any CICS teachers, parents or students. CICS Board meetings, though subject to the Open Meetings Act, are practically inaccessible to those stakeholders. A Union gives teachers and staff a mechanism to advocate for the students they serve and the security to do so without fear of retaliation.  

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  • Monday April 28: CICS Board Meeting for All!

    Urgent Update: Please join us still at 6pm on Monday on the corner on N. Ogden and N. Clybourn (RSVP on Facebook) to gather before moving to a nearby location. Our space in our school was abruptly revoked. We are proud CICS teachers and staff, and still plan to make our voices heard on Monday.

    The union at CICS ChicagoQuest is holding an open public meeting for all members of the CICS community--parents, students, neighbors, teachers and staff--to talk about what is at stake at our schools and for our students.

    We are calling for transparency and accountability from the people who oversee our schools, asking that they meet and hear from the people working everyday in the schools to make CICS great--the teachers, parents, and students. Join us and make your voice heard!

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  • Statement on Pending Legislation

    Earlier this month, in an interview on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, Chicago International Charter Schools President and trial attorney David Chizewer said that “charter schools are more accountable than traditional public schools.”

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

    If you want to know what's going on in charter schools, ask the people who work in the classrooms. Members of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (ChiACTS), Local 4343 teachers and staff are committed to creating the best possible learning environment for over 10,000 Chicago students at charter schools every day.

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  • UNO Teachers & Staff Overwhelmingly Ratify First Contract

    500 educators look forward to more sustainable jobs and successful schools.

    Teachers and staff at schools operated by the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), one of city’s largest charter school networks, overwhelmingly ratified a first contract today which includes fair compensation to promote teacher recruitment and retention, increased time to prepare and collaborate and a stronger voice to advocate for their students and in decisions that impact their schools and their profession. The vote was nearly unanimous.

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