Strike Date Set at One Charter School in Chicago

Negotiations may be falling apart between Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union Now, members at Passages Charter School are set to hit the picket line on October 22. 

The CTU says after months of negotiations members at Passages Charter School have a reason to strike.

Students come from all over the world. Close to 70 percent are low-income and over half are Black, Latinx or other students of color.

Plus, the school has one of the highest percentages of refugee students in CPS.

Yet, the CTU says Asian Human Services, which runs the school, refuses to bargain or agree to sanctuary promises in their contracts to protect the students.

This is all happening while tens of thousands of CTU members in CPS-run schools are awaiting their strike date.

The earliest they can go on strike is next Thursday, October 17th, only if no agreement is made with CPS and the mayor.

Earlier this week, CTU brought another issue to the bargaining table: affordable housing, but not just for teachers and staff.

The union wants programs to help students too, saying there are roughly 17,000 homeless students in cps.

10/10/19 10:52AM