Charter School Teachers Vote To Join Public Schools Union
by Associated Press, Greta Johnsen | 06/12/2017
Members of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, the union representing teachers at the city's charter schools, have voted to join the Chicago Teachers Union.
ChiACTS officials announced Friday that 671 of its members voted to consolidate with the CTU, while 130 members opposed the merger.
The consolidation won’t go through until the 25,000 members of the CTU vote on the issue.
“We expected that our brothers and sisters that are in the unionized charter school local were going to support unification, but we didn’t expect it to be such an overwhelming margin,” said Chicago Teacher’s Union.staff coordinator Jackson Potter.
Charter schools and public schools may seem to be at odds, but Potter says most teachers see more common ground than opposition.