Posts Tagged ‘Washington Teachers’ Union’

Lawsuit Filed as WTU Election Fiasco Gets Personal

Who, exactly, is in charge of Washington Teachers’ Union?
Current president George Parker’s term ended Thursday—at least as far as the union’s constitution is concerned. On July 1, new officers were supposed to take office. But the elections that would have determined who started a new three-year term then were never held—and now WTU’s leadership is [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Performance-Based Pay Raise Edition

Good Morning, all. You can finally say farewell to that oppressive heat wave; for the next week, temperatures will hover in the low 80s, with mostly sunny skies.
Breaking news today for D.C. teachers: yesterday, the D.C. Council officially ended 2 ½ years of political jostling by approving a contract with the Washington Teachers’ Union that [...]

D.C. Teachers ‘Livid’ About Union Election Debacle

The end is near for George Parker’s term as Washington Teachers’ Union President – but he doesn’t seem to think so. The WTU Elections Committee has accused Parker of withholding documents that would allow the committee to conduct new elections. These documents include nominating petitions, union membership lists, and union dues reports. Under the WTU’s [...]

Parker to Teachers: Layoffs and Raises Are ‘Distinct Issues’

Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker is urging union members to treat last year's teacher layoff and a breakthrough contract proposal as "distinct issues" after the budgeting revelations earlier this month.
In a letter being sent to WTU members, Parker writes that while he was "surprised and angered" by Chancellor Michelle Rhee's recent claim of a [...]

DCPS Surplus Revelation Threatens to Blow Up Teacher Contract Deal

A week after a new D.C. Public Schools teacher contract proposal was rolled out with great fanfare, fiscal revelations aired today leave its ultimate implementation very much in doubt.
Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Washington Teachers' Union head George Parker appeared at a D.C. Council administrative meeting earlier today to brief councilmembers on the agreement. [...]

WTU President: Teacher Sex Misconduct Charges ‘Not Substantiated’

A top union official isn't satisfied with Michelle Rhee's explanations thus far of her controversial comments to Fast Company magazine.
Yesterday, Rhee explained that when she described "teachers...who had had sex with children," she referred to a teacher that was being investigated for sexual misconduct at the time of the layoffs. But George Parker, president of [...]

Judge Rules Against Fired Teachers

The nearly 388 DCPS employees fired in early October will not be rehired anytime soon.
Today, Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff denied a request from the Washington Teachers' Union to reinstate the fired employees, including 266 WTU members, pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
The employees were laid off by DCPS as part of a "reduction in [...]

Former Baltimore Mayor Will Mediate Teachers Contract Dispute

Kurt Schmoke—former Baltimore mayor and now dean of Howard University's law school—has been selected to mediate the monthslong dispute over a new teachers contract, according to a joint statement released this evening by the D.C. Public Schools, the Washington Teachers' Union, and the American Federation of Teachers.
"Our goal is to begin [...]

WTU to Embark on PR Offensive

The Washington Teachers' Union is airing radio ads and launching a Web site to promote their teachers contract proposal, according to press release just issued by the union.
From the release: "The first radio ad features the voices of two current DC public school teachers and highlights the need for innovative and collaborative solutions to fix [...]