|Pro-union Chicago Math and Science Academy teachers and supporters before a board meeting in 2011.|
Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (ACTS), the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO have joined together to file a complaint against with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board .
"This is union busting, plain and simple," said Brian Harris, president of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, which the academy faculty had voted to join. "We've never had anything this drastic where they've threatened to fire everyone or close down a school. But, every single school where we've tried to organize, with the exception of one, we've faced some push-back."In the past, Chicago charter school operators have even claimed that their schools weren't public, in order to evade ILRB jurisdiction.