ARCHER HEIGHTS — The looming Chicago Teachers Union Strike, poised to begin as early as next week, may not be the only school walkout to hit the city this fall.
On Thursday a separate union, representing the UNO network of charter schools, decided they'll join district-run school teachers on the picket line, according to an announcement.
More than 96 percent of its 531 members that voted authorized a strike if the union cannot come to an agreement with management by October 19.
Just like Karen Lewis and her team, the United Educators of Uno have spent the past seven months bargaining with administrators over a new contract, so far without resolution.
Teachers "[hope] to avoid a strike — but management is demanding concessions that threaten workers’ economic security and undermine conditions for students in the classroom," according to a Thursday press release.
If the UNO strike moves forward, it will be the first such labor action taken against a charter network in the United States, the release added.
UNO operates 15 campuses in Chicago, most of them on the city's Southwest Side.
There are more than 6,000 charter campuses across the country, according to the National Conference of State legislatures.
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