Man Bites Dog: School Committee Sues Teachers Union
I don’t fully understand the basis of the lawsuit; explications welcome. But this is a refreshing turnabout in a state where public labor lawsuits against elected bodies are filed, seemingly, as easily as shop grievances.
Portsmouth officials have filed suit against the town’s teacher’s union seeking to eliminate seniority as a factor in personnel decisions, including layoffs.
The suit, filed in Providence County Superior Court, asks the court to declare that the Portsmouth School Department’s staffing policy is not subject to collective bargaining.
It states that a seniority dominated system ignores teacher effectiveness and student need.
You will be shocked, SHOCKED, to hear that the NEA is framing the discarding of seniority as an attack on labor, not as a change for the benefit of the students.
Susan Hatch, the National Education Association-Portsmouth’s vice president, tells the Newport Daily News the lawsuit misrepresents the union’s contract with the city and is an attempt to circumvent collective bargaining.