Educators from CCA began meeting to discuss the idea of forming a union in April of 2012. Through the spring and summer a number of conversations helped build the CCA Organizing Committee and forged the vision, mission, and guiding principles for the Cesar Chavez Academy Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff (CCA ACTS).
César Chávez Academy (CCA) is the largest charter school district in Michigan educating roughly 2,000 students at five campuses across Detroit. The Leona Group LLC (Leona), one of the largest for-profit education management organizations in the country, manages CCA. Leona has schools in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, and Arizona. CCA was one of the first charter schools in the state. Established in 1996, CCA is Leona’s flagship school and remains a key component in Leona’s national charter school network.
Rally for Recognition!
By early December 2012, a super-majority of educators at CCA had signed an NLRB petition and asked to be officially recognized as the teachers’ union, CCA-ACTS, at a large rally outside the CCA district headquarters.
On this date teachers and staff went public with our intent to form a union. We launched our organizing campaign and filed for an election in December 2012.
Our Response to Leona Group's Anti-Campaign
As organizing for our union progressed, Leona fought back by hiring an Anti-union firm, Craft-Barresi Consultants, Ltd. The firm was invited into the schools and, at times, pulled teachers from their teaching duties to speak about the union.
October 2012 CCA Board Meeting
In order to remove CBC from the buildings, educators and the newly formed "Mujeres Mejorando la Educacion" gathered at a regularly scheduled CCA Board Meeting to request that they put pressure on the Leona Group.
A National Labor Relations Board Election is Set
The date of February 7th, 2013 was set for the election of Michigan ACTS as the agent for the teachers union at CCA.
Union, YES! Victory!
CCA-ACTS won overwhelmingly, by a greater than 2-1 margin, and thus certified the Michigan Alliance of Charter School Teachers and Staff (Michigan ACTS), as the official union at CCA.
Eva Coleman on Education Nation
Eva Coleman, a teacher at CCA for 13 Years, speaks at the Education Nation Detroit Educator Panel.
Cesar Chavez Parent Appreciation Dinner
Teachers at Cesar Chavez Academy gathered to thank parents for their support during the election campaign.
Veteran Educator's Position Eliminated, Charter Teacher Union at Cesar Chavez Academy to Protest
After dedicating 13 years of her social work career to Cesar Chavez Academy, committed union activist, Lynne Santoscoy, was laid off and her position was eliminated. Click "Find Out More" to read AFT Michigan's press release about the event.
Firing of Counselor leads to protest at Detroit Charter School
In response to Lynne's firing, dozens of parents and teachers gathered in protest.