Strike averted for UNO Charter schools; classes in session Wednesday

CHICAGO -- Teachers at one of Chicago's largest charter school networks reached a deal around 3 a.m. on Wednesday to avert a strike.

The 16 UNO Network Charter schools will be in session on Wednesday after a tentative agreement was reached.

The charter teachers' union and UNO Charter school system had a midnight deadline. This would have been the first strike against a charter school system in U.S. history.

The issues between the charter teachers and the Charter School Network were similar to the CTU and CPS contract battle.

The union wanted to limit class size and have the school system continue to pay the bulk of teacher's pension contributions. They were also concerned about the salaries of their support staff.

The union says they worked out a deal on pension pickup similar to what the Chicago Teachers Union received.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.