UNO: Union OK for teachers at charter schools

Mar 9, 2013 by

The United Neighborhood Organization, one of the largest charter networks in the city, is allowing teachers at its 13 charter campuses to unionize.

UNO announced an agreement with Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff that will allow teachers and staff to decide if they want to join. Typically, privately run charters hire non-union teachers, which supporters say allows them to be more innovative and successful.

If teachers at UNO decide to join a union, it would become the largest charter network in the city with unionized teachers at all of its campuses.

“Hopefully, this is representing a sea change that perhaps charter operators will not be hostile to the idea of their teachers wanting a union like they have been all along,” said Brian Harris, president of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, which represents teachers at 14 charter schools.

UNO officials said the move was made to ensure a better working environment, competitive pay for teachers and a spirit of “collaboration instead of competition and polarization.”

via UNO: Union OK for teachers at charter schools – chicagotribune.com.

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