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Chicago Teachers Are Unified and Unionized at UNO


The teachers and staff in one of Chicago’s largest charter school networks overwhelmingly voted to join the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (Chicago ACTS), an AFT affiliate.

The more than 400 educators work at the 13 schools, with about 6,500 students, that are operated by the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO). The election was conducted under a neutrality agreement reached in March in which UNO agreed not to take a position and to respect the workers’ choice. The educators voted by 87% to join Chicago ACTS.

AFT President Randi Weingarten says the UNO election could be a “turning point” in the w...