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April 18, 2018

Important Wins in Grievances and Organizing for Chicago Teachers Union

Important Wins in Grievances and Organizing for Chicago Teachers Union

CTU-ACTS, the newly established CTU division for charter schools, is growing. Organizing campaigns at ChiArts – the Chicago High School for the Arts – and Namaste, a McKinley Park elementary school, have been victorious, with educators at both schools taking a stand for their rights on the job and joining CTU’s ranks. This comes on the heels of CTU’s members’ vote earlier this year to merge the CTU with ChiACTS, which represents union rank and file educators in charter schools – part of the CTU’s long-term strategy to undercut privatization expansion by unionizing workers at all charter operators in the city.

On the grievance front, CTU won a powerful victory – and thousands of dollars – for hundreds of clinicians and counselors related to the use of personal days. CTU also recently won an important grievance related to teacher ratings that they successfully opposed in arbitration. The case won back the job of a veteran tenured teacher with full back pay and benefits, and set the stage for future grievances where procedural violations hurt members. Finally, CTU recently won a concession that limits the number of grades teachers have to file each week – helping stave off excessive paperwork that burdens CTU members.

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