Effort To Unionize Teachers At D.C. Charter School Called Off After Divisive Campaign

Photo Credit: WAMU.org

Photo Credit: WAMU.org

According to WAMU's Martin Austermuhle the effort to create the first union for charter teachers has failed.  This week AFT members called for a last-minute cancellation of a planned vote to unionize teachers at Paul Public Charter School in Northwest D.C. Teachers were preparing to vote on the creation of the new union which would be named the District of Columbia Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, and would have been affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers

“Our organizing committee felt that we had the votes to win, and voted to go ahead with the election, but we did not have enough people who were willing to be public with their support to convince AFT that we were definitely going to win,” says David Koenig, a high school teacher who led the organizing campaign and reached out to AFT at the start of the school year.

In a statement, the union charged the Paul school’s administration with having “created a toxic environment so full of fear, harassment and intimidation that we felt a fair election would be impossible at this time.”Read more here.