Published Online: July 1, 2014

Union organizers making inroads at charter schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Union organizers are making inroads at charter schools in the Twin Cities.

Two recent votes to unionize are unusual for charter schools, which have steered clear of collective bargaining.

In January, teachers at Twin Cities German Immersion School grew frustrated with their school's administration and decided to unionize. In June, teachers and staff at the Community School of Excellence in St. Paul also voted to join the teachers union.

Education Minnesota President Denise Specht tells Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1qfHwJg ) the votes present new opportunities for the union to expand its membership to institutions that have typically shunned collective bargaining.

The union's two organizers are now focused on helping teachers at three additional charter schools start the unionization process. They won't say which ones to protect teachers there from retribution.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org


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