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Andersonville Charter School’s Teachers Votes To Strike For A Second Time In 28 Months

With a possible Chicago public school teacher strike looming, an Andersonville area charter school has authorized the ability to do so after its teachers voted for the measure yesterday afternoon. The teachers nearly avoided a previous strike in May of 2017 after they reached a deal in the final hours of negotiations.

The educators at Passages Charter School (1643 W Bryn Mawr) voted 38-0 to strike on Monday. They are demanding higher wages for its teaching staff many of which make less than $35k a year. In addition they are seeking protections for its immigrant and refugee students.

Passages Charter School is run by local nonprofit Asian Human Services whose mission is to ensure that immigrants and refugees in the Chicagoland area have access to necessary support and services. School records show that about 40% of the student population at the institution have a native language other than English.

“About a month and a half ago ICE actually came to try to deport and detain neighbors only a block away from here,” 40th Ward Ald. Andre Vasquez told the SunTimes. “So when we think about who actually defends those families and protects them, it is the teachers and the schools.”

Vasquez supports the strike and believes the staff at Passages help ensure immigrant residents’ safety. There has been no strike date set as of yet, however negotiations are currently in progress.

Passages avoided a previous strike in May of 2017 when teachers threatened to walk off the job demanding higher wages. That agreement was to increase pay by more than 20 percent on average while the lowest compensated educators could see 40 percent. It is unclear at this time if that goal was met.

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