ChiACTS President Chris Baehrend discusses why his union welcomes a merger with Chicago Teachers Union as we all face the same challenges -- shrinking budgets, unelected school boards and a hostile political environment for the families that we serve.
A documentary on the contract successes in the 2016-17 school year for Chicago ACTS Local 4343/AFT, the charter school union. Key moments in the campaigns and subsequent victories for contracts at UNO, ASPIRA, and then Passages, whose teachers authorized strikes with 96%, then 99%, then 100% approval respectively — convincing administrators to settle at the last minute. Is Chicago now the charter unionizing capital of the U.S.?
Chicago Teachers Union affiliations include the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL), the Illinois State Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (ISFL-CIO), the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).