JTeachers at a charter school in Pennsylvania have voted to cut ties with the state teachers’ union after the union failed to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.
The 12-11 vote by teachers at the Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania eliminated the Pennsylvania State Education Association as the lead union negotiator after the union failed to negotiate a new contract with school.
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The US Unions for Fair Treatment watchdog group represented the Westinghouse teacher who demanded the vote that ultimately led to teachers cutting ties with the state union.
In a statement, the organization’s CEO, David Osborne, said: “It is extremely rare to see teachers win against a powerful union like the PSEA.”
“The PSEA rarely delivers on its promises to teachers and should be held accountable,” Osborne said. “Because the odds are stacked against employees and in favor of union officials in so many ways, it takes a concerted effort to do the right thing. Westinghouse teachers are fighters; they’ve overcome a lot to get here. ”
Americans for Fair Treatment also said the PSEA had sought to pressure teachers at the school to “stop helping students after school” as a tough bargaining tactic.
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The Pennsylvania State Education Association did not respond to a request for comment.