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Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:25 PM

New charter school unions spring up coast to coast

Charter school educators across the country are staring down legal appeals, "boss" campaigns and winter weather to exercise their right to form a union. Despite challenges coming from employers in both the public and private sectors, three new charter school unions have formed in recent days.

On Feb. 7, in the shadow of Michigan's recent passage of so-called right-to-work legislation, teachers and counselors on the four campuses of Cesar Chavez Academy won an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board after a dramatic five-month campaign. The employees filed a petition with the labor board in Detroit on a rainy day in December; they returned to their campus to join hundreds of rain-soaked parents and community members demonstrating in support of the union drive.

The rally and media coverage served notice to the charter holder, the Leona Group, that employees in Detroit's biggest charter district were determined to unionize. The Leona Group is one of the nation's largest for-profit educational management companies. Cesar Chavez Academy is the second-largest charter school district in Michigan.

Throughout the drive, Detroit community members and parents had been visible, appearing at charter board meetings with a growing number of teachers who wore union buttons. State Rep. Rashida Tlaib was an articulate early supporter, along with the Rev. David Bullock, who is president of both the Highland Park NAACP and the Detroit chapter of Rainbow PUSH, and parents from Mujeres Mejorando Educacion (Women Improving Education).

more ...http://www.aft.org/newspubs/news/2013/020813charterschools.cfm

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proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 OP
amandabeech Feb 2013 #1
duffyduff Feb 2013 #2
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #3
duffyduff Feb 2013 #6
bvar22 Feb 2013 #4
duffyduff Feb 2013 #8
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #5
duffyduff Feb 2013 #7

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:41 PM

1. Excellent news! Thanks for posting. n/t

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 01:44 PM

2. Better yet, ditch the charter schools. Public money needs to go to neighborhood schools.

AFT needs to use its resources to combat the very existence of charter schools, but Randi Weingarten is a mole for the neoliberals.

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Response to duffyduff (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 02:19 PM

3. AFT fought them hard in my state. We lost.

NEA fought them too. That was 15 years ago. I'm glad to see they are organizing at charters now.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:29 PM

6. They are giving up on public ed, and it won't be long before there are NO teacher unions left

Charters are the enemy. They are private schools that get public dollars. This is not acceptable. It will be virtually impossible to organize private schools, wild claims to the contrary, once the public system is destroyed.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:19 PM

4. DURec,

....and applause for a very small step in the right direction.

Charter Schools are a SCAM created to direct Public Money into Private Pockets.
Period.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:32 PM

8. That's why unions shouldn't be making deals. n/t

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:22 PM

5. I'm glad they are organizing.

Though since I'm occasionally a bit cynical, I wonder what union-busting tactic our "betters" will try next...

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 10, 2013, 04:31 PM

7. I'm not because this is literally making a deal with the devil

But then again Randi Weingarten can't be trusted as far as she can be thrown.

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