On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, teachers, paraprofessionals and staff from four Chicago International Charter School (CICS) campuses went on strike to improve learning conditions in their schools by lowering class sizes, protecting student counseling and special education services, and winning equal pay for equal work. Meanwhile, millions of dollars have been withheld from CICS classrooms to pay for insider investments, executive salaries, skyrocketing management fees and to protect a corporate surplus of $36 million.
Chicago Teachers Union members at CICS schools demand that the tens of millions of dollars the company holds in reserve be used to hire more staff, reduce class sizes, extend maternity leave and pay a decent wage. CICS has the ability to settle this contract but refuses to do so, so we are keeping the pressure on.
On Feb. 9, we invite families, students, all CTU district and charter members, and labor and community allies to come out and show their support for CICS strikers. Stand in solidarity with families, teachers and support staff throughout the network. Join us!