HITTING LEFT #21 with Pidgeon Pagonis

Friday, April 24, 2009

A victory for N.Y. charter teachers

Charter school teachers in N.Y. have won and important battle in their efforts to unionize. Leo Casey at Edwize reports that the New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has voted to certify the teachers at KIPP’s AMP Academy as a recognized collective bargaining unit of the United Federation of Teachers. The decision was made during PERB’s monthly meeting in Albany, and clears the way for the teachers and their union to collectively bargain with KIPP.
“On behalf of our union, we are excited about this step forward for our KIPP AMP team and family. It will allow us to find even better ways to educate our KIPPsters,” said Luisa Bonifacio and Leila Chakravarty, two members of the union organizing committee.

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