On Thursday, November 17, 2016 the UEU conducted our network-wide vote to ratify our next collective bargaining agreement. We can now report that 85% of members voted to ratify this contract. With the exceptions listed in the side letter, we are now set to implement this agreement in its entirety beginning January 9th, 2017.
The officers of your Union would like to extend a big thank you for all of your unwavering dedication and continued support throughout this process. Now that we have a ratified contract, we can begin to uphold it with fidelity and enjoy the hard won benefits.
Teachers, support workers reach tentative agreement with UNO charter school network, averting first strike of charter operator in U.S. history
CHICAGO: One of Chicago’s largest charter school operators narrowly averted what would have been the first strike of a charter school operator in the nation. Bargaining team members from UEU -- United Educators of UNO -- came to a tentative agreement with the UNO Charter School Network -- at just after 3AM Wednesday -- three hours after the strike deadline. The union and management will meet again Thursday to work out some minor details, and the tentative agreement will then go to the full membership for approval.Read more
TODAY: 9:00PM, Tuesday, October 18
UCSN Esmeralda Santiago Elementary School, 2510 W. Cortez St. UEU members will be bargaining at Santiago with management up until our strike deadline at midnight tonight.
IF UEU strikes, teachers and support staff will hold a press availability at 4AM at the headquarters of Chicago ACTS, 1400 W. Hubbard, Chicago.Read more
Workers don’t want to strike -- but will if they must to protect caps on classroom size, avoid cuts in pay and benefits and ensure protections for quality of education in classrooms.Read more
How low will UCSN management go to degrade and intimidate the members of our union? The October 15th e-mail gives us an indication – by suggesting that the UEU refuses to negotiate in good faith, and by directing you away from the important issues that prevent us from achieving a fair contract with the terms that you have asked for.
UCSN likes implying that your representatives delay negotiations and lack a sense of urgency. But:
UCSN’s current contract proposal is inadequate
Every message from UCSN management tries to portray your union as puppets of outside forces. You know from your building representative, your contract action teams, and from all the work we have done that the UEU is run by its members and not by any other entity. Moreover, charter and CPS teachers are allies, as we both face the same problems with bureaucracy, underfunded schools, class sizes, and working conditions Anyone saying otherwise wants you to question the efforts and motives of your elected Bargaining Team and Officers of your union.
Top UNO Charter School Network management takes paid day off to avoid teachers, parents and students as strike date nears.
UNO Charter School Network strike would be first in nation against charter school schools or charter system.Read more
UNO teachers, staff to picket downtown offices as prospect for nation's first charter school strike grows
Thursday, 10/13, 1PM: UNO teachers, support staff could walk out as early as October 19 in what would be first strike against charter schools or charter networks in U.S. history.
Press Conference/Picket to protect charter school classrooms and support a fair contract
1:30PM, Thursday, October 13th (Picket starts at 1PM/press conference 1:30PM). UNO Charter School Network downtown headquarters, 209 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago
UCSN has proposed a compensation package that ensures that no UEU member suffers a salary reduction:
The fiscal situation that Mr. Rodriguez refers to has not been verified completely because UCSN has can not provide the financial records necessary to confirm this situation. UEU is willing to accept UCSN's adjusted pay schedule. This saves UCSN $550,000 a year and could protect the current pension and 401k pickup, however, UCSN would still like you to pay 3% more.
UCSN has currently proposed non-instructional staff receive a 1% salary increase which will result in a pay cut for the next 2 years in combination with cuts to pension and no cost of living increase.
UCSN claims to have paid UNO a $7.8 million management fee in fiscal year 2015 (school year 2014-15). However, CFO Michael Bradley puts the actual amount of this fee below $6 million for 2014-2015.
UCSN proposed language that would allow for the parties to reconvene...should school funding be reduced...
A re-opener allows UCSN to go back to the bargaining table at any point, in the next two years, to negotiate additional cuts in teacher salaries, something made unnecessary by UEU's adoption of the adjusted pay schedule.
UEU is working diligently to protect the students from being negatively affected by UCSN proposals and keeping quality educators in our classrooms. We are asking that UCSN put their money into their schools instead of expensive overheard and running a corporation. We are not a business and our students are not our customers.
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UNO teachers, support staff could walk out as early as October 19 in what would be first strike against charter schools or charter networks in U.S. history.Read more
PRESS CONFERENCE/RALLY to protect charter school classrooms and support a fair contract
- 5PM, Thursday, October 6th
- Veterans Memorial Campus, 4248 W. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60632. Rally participants will gather out front on 47th St. Participants will include UNO teachers, parents, students, support staff.
UNO Charter School teachers, parents, students rally for fair contract as nation's first possible charter school strike looms
“We’re defending great public schools and our students against unnecessary cuts,” say teachers, support staff, who say UNO contract proposal could increase class sizes, hurt classroom conditions.
CHICAGO: The United Educators of UNO (UEU) – the union representing teachers and support staff in Chicago’s 16-school UNO Charter School Network -- has been bargaining with management from UCSN for more than seven months. UEU hopes to avoid a strike -- but management is demanding concessions that threaten workers’ economic security and undermine conditions for students in the classroom, including the potential to increase class size. That scenario is unacceptable to teachers and support staff, who are now taking the steps to strike if necessary to secure a fair contract and minimize the impact of cuts to the classroom.
UEU members will announce the results of their strike authorization vote, along with a possible strike date at the rally. Teachers and support staff have repeatedly said that, while they don't want to strike, they will if they must to protect the quality of education for their students.
Who: Union leaders from United Educators of UCSN, parents, students and union teachers and support staff.
What: Leaders will announce status of strike authorization vote at rally calling for a fair contract and protections for classroom conditions.
When: Thursday, October 6th at 5:00
Where: Veterans Memorial Campus, 4248 W. 47th St. Chicago, IL 60632. Rally participants will gather out front on 47th St.
The United Educators of UNO (UEU) is a council of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers Staff (ChiACTS) and affiliated with Illinois Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers.