Recruitment & Retention

AFT Files Federal Complaint on Behalf of Immigrant Teachers

By Stephen Sawchuk — October 23, 2009 1 min read

The American Federation of Teachers just stepped up its effort to shut down a teacher-recruiting company that it alleges bilked more than 200 teachers from the Philippines out of thousands of dollars in fees.

It filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor on Oct. 20 claiming that Universal Placement International violated federal laws requiring such fees to be paid by employers—school districts—not by employees. And in a release, the union also said that both the firm and the school districts who employed these teachers in Louisana may have tried to circumvent federal caps on H-1B work visas.

You can read more about it on AFT’s Web site here.

Contracts signed by both state-level officials and those in New Orleans’ Recovery School District show that federal Hurricane Katrina recovery dollars disbursed by the U.S. Department of Education were used in part to pay for this recruiting service.

Could an inquiry over at ED be next on the list?

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.