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Passages Charter School In Andersonville Sets Strike Date

Passages Charter School in Andersonville could become the first charter school in the nation to strike. Passages currently enrolls 470 elementary grade students.

Union officials for Chicago ACTS Local 4343 said that if no agreement is reached by midnight, May 25, they will walk off the job and head to the picket lines. Teachers are complaining about salaries, length of the school day and duration of the school year.

Union spokeswoman Christine Geovanis told the Chicago Tribune that the two sides were not close to a deal at this point. Geovanis said, “Trust me, we don’t take setting a strike date lightly. There’s no place teachers like to be than in the classrooms with their students. It’s really a testament that so many teachers would work at school where management doesn’t value the educators teaching their students.”

Asian Human Services, who runs the charter school located at 1643 W. Bryn Mawr, told the paper that they plan to offer a new proposal that increases teachers salaries next year by 16% despite a $83,000 cut in state funding.

Two other charter schools threatened to strike earlier in the year, Aspira network of charter schools and UNO charter school. Both reached deals before the deadlines.

 

 


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