|Teachers and staff at the Academy of the City Charter School in Long Island City.|
Isn't this the reason why the UFT is not fighting co-location and the
closure of public schools...I mean, really fighting?
Talking isnt walking.
Charter school teachers vote to join UFT
Teachers at Queens charter school vote to join UFT
The educators submitted a letter to the school’s board of trustees, and notified the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) that the staff is seeking union recognition. If the school’s board does not recognize the union as the bargaining representative within 30 days, the UFT can ask PERB to certify the bargaining unit on the basis of the authorization cards.
The teachers wrote in a letter to the president of the school’s board of trustees, “We made this decision because we believe it is critical for us to establish a formal collective voice within our school community. The recognition of the teaching and professional staff as respected partners of AOC is fundamental to the success of our school and to the realization of its mission to empower students.”
First grade teacher Alice McNeil said, “Having a union at Academy of the City Charter School will give the teachers a strong voice in making decisions to best support the students.”
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “These educators want to share a voice, and deserve the opportunity to have a greater say in the decisions that affect their students.”
With the addition of Academy of the City Charter School, the UFT represents educators at 17 charter schools in New York City.
Academy of the City Charter School opened in September, and currently serves approximately 100 students in kindergarten and the 1st grade.
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