History of CCA-ACTS

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.

2012-08-29 18:26:22

Going Public

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.

2012-09-05 06:53:41

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.

2012-10-11 11:49:44

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.

2012-12-20 18:34:19

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.

2012-12-22 11:49:44

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.

2013-02-07 11:49:44

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.

2013-03-29 11:49:44

Eva Coleman on Education Nation

Eva Coleman, a teacher at CCA for 13 Years, speaks at the Education Nation Detroit Educator Panel.

2013-04-11 00:31:03

Anti-Bullying and Harassment Protest

Working alongside community groups and parents, CCA ACTS took hard stances on school issues like bullying and availability for Spanish translation at board meetings.

2013-05-06 18:26:22

Cesar Chavez Parent Appreciation Dinner

Teachers at Cesar Chavez Academy gathered to thank parents for their support during the election campaign.

2013-05-22 16:41:58

Unilateral Health Care Changes by The Leona Group

After the Union victory in February '13, Leona took it upon themselves to ignore the collective bargaining rights of the newly formed CCA-ACTS and change health care providers.

2013-06-20 02:34:58

Several Teachers and Staff Non-Renewed at the end of the school year

At the end of the 2012-13 school year, six bargaining unit members were fired.

2013-08-13 06:28:39

I scream! You scream! We all scream... for fair treatment at work!

During the summer teachers continued to be active in union activities.

2013-10-31 18:26:22

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.

2013-11-02 18:18:52

Firing of Counselor leads to protest at Detroit Charter School

In response to Lynne's firing, dozens of parents and teachers gathered in protest.

2013-11-13 18:18:52

Charter School Union to Protest After Positions Eliminated at Cesar Chavez Academy

Teachers, parents and community members planned to attend the November board meeting to ask for intervention in Leona's hiring and firing practices.

2013-11-14 18:18:52

CCA Board Cancels Meeting and Dodges Union, Parents, Students

Over 100 school employees, parents, former students, and community supporters arrived at the CCA board meeting on November 14, but were turned away because the board did not have a quorum.

2013-12-12 21:07:01

Charter School Board Cancels Meeting to Avoid Union and Community

The CCA Board was scheduled to meet again on December 12, and again they canceled their meeting.

2014-01-07 21:07:01

At Cesar Chavez Academy, accountability is hard to find.

The Detroit News published an article by Allie Gross, a parent and journalist in the Southwest Community discussing the concerning behavior by the CCA Board of Directors.

2014-02-14 21:03:52

Happy Valentines to Bill Coats and Fred Pacheco

In an effort to engage Dr. Bill Coats (CEO of The Leona Group, LLC) and Mr. Fred Pacheco in the ongoing bargaining process, teachers made "Valentine's" to show how much we LOVE CCA!

2014-02-16 04:50:28

Foul Play at Cesar Chavez Academy!

Detroit Charter School Union charges administrators with bad faith bargaining, labor law violations.

2014-03-15 00:00:00

Reclaim CCA Neighborhood March

Over 200 Teachers, Students, Parents, and community members gathered to march in the community of Cesar Chavez Academy.

2014-03-31 18:26:22

Unprecedented Union Settlement at Detroit's Largest Charter

Union Teachers at Detroit’s Largest Charter School Win Unprecedented Settlement While Hundreds of Students, Parents, and Teachers Watch Film About César Chávez

2014-04-14 17:11:22

Welcome Back, Lynne!

After the historic settlement at the NLRB, and acceptance by the CCA Board of Directors, Lynne Santoscoy returned to work.

2014-04-16 16:48:52

CCA-ACTS Bargaining Grade-in

After the settlement, The Leona Group responded at the bargaining table by changing their team and by using stalling tactics. In response, teachers at CCA joined our bargaining team at the following session to participate in a "Grade-In"

2014-05-08 18:26:22

We Deserve a Fair Contract Because...

After such movement at the table, teachers were hopeful that The Leona Group would bargain in good faith a contract that would retain quality educators for the long term.

2014-05-14 13:18:02

We Stand with CCA ACTS!

Teachers and Staff from various AFT Locals and other unions stand in solidarity with teachers at CCA schools.

2014-05-22 13:18:02

Students stand with CCA Teachers

Students show support at school.

2014-05-27 13:18:02

Action Vote

Teachers vote to take action.

2014-05-28 13:18:02

Community Solidarity Dinner

Community members and members of the League of Extraordinary Educators gather to support contract efforts at CCA.

2014-06-06 13:18:02

Teachers at CCA win a Fair Contract!

After more than two years of fighting, teachers finally gain a fair contract.

2014-06-07 13:18:02

Early Bird Contract Celebration

In place of a picket, teachers threw a party!

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