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NAEN's Potpourri of Articles for Management Specialists in Employee & Labor Relations Volume 7, Issue 12

18 Sep 2015 8:20 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)
1. Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania Court Blocks Faculty Background Checks, Inside Higher Ed
A Pennsylvania judge has granted an injunction to block the State System of Higher Education from starting background checks on all faculty
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/09/18/pennsylvania-court-blocks-faculty-background-checks?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=52fbbd44c7-DNU20150918&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-52fbbd44c7-197405925


2. Toronto, ON.  Elementary teachers threaten one-day strikes in October, The Toronto Star
Ontario’s public elementary teachers will begin one-day, rotating strikes across the province in October unless the government and school boards return to the bargaining table and progress is made, says a confidential bulletin sent to
http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2015/09/18/public-school-teachers-say-theyll-strike-in-october.html


3. Montreal, QC.  Quebec teachers holding votes for possible strike, CBC.ca
Teachers from schools across the province are gearing up for the possibility of rotating strikes in light of stalled contract negotiations with the Quebec ...
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-schools-montreal-walkout-strike-1.3230704


4. Toronto, ON.  Catholic teachers and secondary school teachers ratify agreement reached with province, CP 24
Members of the unions representing secondary school teachers and teachers with the Catholic school board have voted to ratify tentative agreements that were reached with the province last month.
http://www.cp24.com/news/catholic-teachers-and-secondary-school-teachers-ratify-agreement-reached-with-province-1.2569758


5. Toronto, ON.  Ontario's French-language teachers sign tentative deal, The Toronto Star
Ontario’s French-language teachers’ union signed a tentative deal with their boards and the province Wednesday, leaving only public elementary teachers now without a contract. “We’re very satisfied with the deal and have cancelled the work-to-rule we had planned to start Friday,” said Carol Jolin, president of L’Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) ...
http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2015/09/17/ontarios-french-language-teachers-sign-tentative-deal.html


6. Saint Paul, MN.  2 large school districts reach teacher contract deals early, Twin Cities-Pioneer Press
Most two-year teacher contracts expired over the summer, and just 18 percent of ... The last round of negotiations dragged on for months, and teachers ...
http://www.twincities.com/education/ci_28829314/2-large-school-districts-reach-teacher-contract-deals


7. Albuquerque, NM.  APS, teachers federation reach agreement over teacher contracts, KOB
"In the end it was a very chaotic negotiating session," said Teacher's ... Bernstein and Rudys both told the district these negotiations must begin earlier ...
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3908735.shtml#.VfyYxN9Viko


8. Chicago, IL.  Prospect Hts. teachers union chief: Parents could be in for a 'long haul', Chicago Daily Herald
The teacher strike at Prospect Heights Elementary District 23 has canceled classes for a second day, and no new negotiating sessions are scheduled, ...
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/WEB-430P-PK-PROSPECT-HEIGHTS-STRIKE-Chicago-327951071.html


9. Seattle, WA.  Seattle Teachers Reach Settlement after Five-Day Strike, Labor Notes
The Seattle Education Association (SEA) succeeded in removing standardized test results from teacher evaluations and in establishing caseload caps ...
http://labornotes.org/2015/09/seattle-teachers-reach-settlement-after-five-day-strike


10. Albany, NY.  Regents' vote to include appeals on teacher evaluations, Press & Sun-Bulletin
The state Board of Regents on Wednesday will consider new state regulations that would allow more New York teachers to appeal their ...
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/new-york/2015/09/15/teacher-evaluations/72314822/


11. Santa Fe, NM.  Injunction sought on New Mexico teacher evaluations, KRQE News 13
Two New Mexico teachers union are seeking an injunction to halt the use of student tests as part of the state's teacher evaluation ...
http://krqe.com/2015/09/16/injunction-sought-on-new-mexico-teacher-evaluations/


12. Kelso, WA.  Kelso teachers to strike Wednesday after hours of failed negotiations, KATU
Kelso teachers to strike Wednesday after hours of failed negotiations »Play Video Sandy DeBruler, a Kelso teacher, has 30 signs stored in the back of ...
http://www.katu.com/news/local/Kelso-teachers-to-strike-Wednesday-after-hours-of-failed-negotiations-327812781.html


13. Washington, DC.  Tenure Draft and Survey Controversy at UW Madison, Inside Higher Ed
After months of uncertainly about the future of tenure at their institution, faculty members at the University of Wisconsin at Madison received a draft tenure policy proposal this week asserting that the faculty holds the authority to make ...
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/09/16/tenure-draft-and-survey-controversy-uw-madison?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=c11cd5aae0-DNU20150916&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-c11cd5aae0-197405925


14. Los Angeles, CA.  Supporters of Vergara lawsuit file ‘friend of the court’ briefs, LA School Report
A group of of education chiefs from around the nation, as well as some teachers, parents, student groups and business organizations, lended their official support to the Vergara lawsuit today by filing several amicus curiae or “friend of the court” briefs
http://laschoolreport.com/supporters-of-vergara-lawsuit-file-friend-of-the-court-briefs/


15. Pasco, WA.  Pasco schools open Tuesday after teachers ratify contract, Mid Columbia Tri City Herald
Pasco teachers from McLoughlin Middle School and Robert Frost ... aspects of the teacher evaluation process were taken from prior district proposals.
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/education/article35242806.html


16. Buffalo, NY.  Pressure rises as teachers union, Buffalo School District try to break long contract stalemate, Buffalo News
We have to develop a new teacher evaluation. We have these negotiations, a new superintendent, the Orfield report. I don't think in all my years I've ...
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/buffalo-public-schools/pressure-rises-as-teachers-union-buffalo-school-district-try-to-break-long-contract-stalemate-20150914


17. Toronto, ON.  Ontario elementary teachers' union threatens to intensify strike action, The Globe and Mail
Ontario's government and its biggest teachers' union are digging their heels into a standoff over contract talks, with elementary teachers threatening ...
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/wynne-pressures-elementary-teachers-union-to-sign-latest-offer/article26357046/


18. Toronto, ON.  OSSTF deal doesn't fit for ETFO: Hammond, The Toronto Sun
Deals struck with other teacher unions won’t cut it for the province’s elementary teachers, their president says. President Sam Hammond said Monday that the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) will not accept a “cookie-cutter” agreement that doesn’t meet the needs of teachers or students.
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/09/14/etfo-updates-job-action


19. Toronto, ON.  Wynne wants to know why contract offer not good enough for Ontario elementary school teachers, Brampton Guardian
After labour negotiations between Ontario's public elementary school teachers and the province broke down again Friday, Premier Kathleen Wynne ...
http://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/5839938-wynne-wants-to-know-why-contract-offer-not-good-enough-for-ontario-elementary-school-teachers/


20. Oklahoma City, OK.  Oklahoma House speaker: Facts, new ideas must be part of teacher pay discussion, NewsOK
Education organizations argue that schools are unable to find quality applicants because Oklahoma's best teachers move to neighboring states to ...
http://newsok.com/article/5446191


21. Toronto, ON.  Ontario says deal on table is similar to ones tentatively accepted by other unions, angering teachers, The Globe and Mail
Ontario has challenged its elementary-school teachers by laying down a contract offer similar to what two other teachers’ unions have tentatively accepted and then making that fact public. The response by public-school teachers was heated, as their union ...
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-says-deal-on-table-is-similar-to-ones-tentatively-accepted-by-other-unions-angering-teachers/article26345536/


22. Toronto, ON.  Contract talks with elementary school teachers' union break down, The Toronto Sun
The Ontario government has tabled a take-it-or-leave-it-style proposal in its negotiations with the province’s public school teachers.
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/09/11/contract-talks-with-elementary-school-teachers-union-break-down


23. Mt. Pleasant, SC.  State teacher equity plan could mean stricter performance evaluations for educators, ABC NEWS 4
Federal officials have approved South Carolina's plan to ensure equal teacher quality in all districts and schools.
http://www.abcnews4.com/story/30005344/state-teacher-equity-plan-could-mean-stricter-performance-evaluations-for-educators


24. Westerville, OH.  Westerville School Board OKs Contract With WEA, Fox 28
... successor contract include evaluation processes for WEA members who may or may not be impacted by the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System; ...
http://www.myfox28columbus.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Westerville-School-Board-OKs-Contract-With-WEA-202667.shtml#.VfQMDRFViko




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