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Friday, July 7, 2017

7.11.17 Education Committee Meeting

Education Committee Meeting 
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.
5545 N Paulina St
Chicago, IL 60660

Friday, June 23, 2017

Board of Directors Meeting

Meeting of Board of Directors
(Related to Asian Human Services Passages Charter School) 
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
5 p.m. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Education Committee Meeting 6.21.17

Education Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
5545 N Paulina St
Chicago, IL 60660

Monday, June 5, 2017

6/5 Parent Involvement Meeting

Our parent involvement group is meeting this Monday 6/5/17. Please join us for snacks and parent, teacher, and administration collaboration. If you need child care, please call the main office to enroll your student in the after school program for FREE while you attend the meeting. 

Bilingual Advisory Committee Meeting

June 5, 2017

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Press Release: AHS & ChiActs Negotiations

Press Release

May 25, 2017

12:15 a.m.


At approximately 11:00 p.m. May 24, 2017, bargaining teams for Asian Human Services, Inc. and ChiACTS, Local 4343, reached tentative agreement on an initial collective bargaining agreement.


Local 4343 represents the teachers, paraprofessionals, teacher assistants, administrative assistants, school counselors, case managers and office clerks employed by AHS at Passages Charter School.


In light of the tentative agreement, Local 4343 has canceled its scheduled strike planned to begin at 7:00 a.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017. 


The parties are currently scheduling ratification votes among their respective groups.   



·   AHS has been bargaining in good faith with Local 4343, the union that represents the teachers and paraprofessionals at Passages Charter School, for more than a year.


·      Negotiations began in May 2016, shortly after the Union was certified by the National Labor Relations Board.


·    The parties have met on more than 30 separate occasions for negotiations over an initial collective bargaining agreement to govern the teachers' and paraprofessionals' terms and conditions of employment.


·      These terms and conditions of employment include both economic items, like salaries, health insurance and teacher pension contributions, and non-economic items, like union rights to access the Passages Charter School premises. 


·     At this point, after more than 30 bargaining sessions, we have reached a number of tentative agreements on a range of issues, including health and safety, employee discipline/just cause, an employee grievance procedure, job descriptions, a grade entry policy and the number of after school events teachers must attend. 


·      On April 26, 2017, AHS gave an economic proposal to the Union that included 2% yearly wage increases for teachers and paraprofessionals over the life of a 3-year contract, and that established salary schedules with built-in salary increases paid for years of service ("step") and advanced degrees ("lane").


·      Rather than respond to that proposal, the Union took a strike authorization vote on May 4, 2017.


·      We have continued to meet with the Union as scheduled for bargaining sessions, including on May 10 and May 19, 2017, and at an additional bargaining session that was scheduled at AHS's request on May 23, 2017.


·    On May 19, the Union spent the first part of the parties' scheduled bargaining session at a press conference announcing that, if the parties did not reach an agreement on the contract by midnight on May 24, 2017, the Union would strike on May 25, 2017.  Despite this unfortunate development, and the late start to negotiations, the parties continued to make progress the night of May 19.  However, rather than continue to negotiate and receive another counterproposal from AHS, the Union ended negotiations at approximately 9:00 p.m.—so AHS requested to meet on May 23, 2017, in addition to another session scheduled for May 24, 2017.


·      At the outset of the May 23rd session, AHS tendered to the Union yet another counterproposal, which met virtually all of the Union's economic demands, including a 7.5% base wage increase in the first year, and the establishment of a salary schedule with automatic step and lane increases in the second and third years of the contract. Meanwhile, as the parties' session began on May 23rd, the Union announced a rally that it had planned for the following day, May 24th, right before the parties' next bargaining session. 


·      After more than three hours, the Union submitted a counterproposal, continuing to demand additional compensation and addressing the remaining outstanding issues between the parties.  AHS responded to the Union's counterproposal within the next hour, at approximately 10pm—in full agreement with every single one of the Union's economic demands, and in full agreement with most of the remaining outstanding issues.


·      The Union did not respond to AHS's last counterproposal from the May 23rd session.  The Union then left the bargaining session that evening, while the AHS bargaining team remained ready, willing and able to negotiate.


·      AHS and the Union were originally scheduled to meet for negotiations again tonight, May 24, 2017, starting at 4:30 p.m. However, the Union notified AHS last night that, in light of the planned rally, the bargaining session would need to begin later.


·      At no point during these more than year-long negotiations has the Union requested the presence of a federal mediator.


·  AHS is exceedingly disappointed and disheartened that Union leadership, and the teachers and paraprofessionals, have continued to choose this unfortunate path of striking rather than devoting their efforts to good faith negotiations at the bargaining table. 


·      AHS remains ready, willing and able to meet with the Union at any time, and any place, to conclude these negotiations. Given the relative miniscule distance remaining between the parties as of last evening's bargaining session, there is every reason to believe that a tentative agreement was within reach at that time.


·      AHS does not wish to see a strike by its employees or any interruption in students' education and well-being. Yet, if that is the path chosen by the Union, and the teachers and paraprofessionals, Passages Charter School will remain open to continue to educate the more than 400 students of refugee and immigrant families it is dedicated to serving.