DC teachers will be getting over $5 million in back pay, thanks to a settlement between the Washington Teachers' Union and DCPS. “It has taken several years of litigation and negotiation to reach this point,” reports Teachers Union president Elizabeth Davis, adding that “we believe this represents an excellent result for the affected teachers.”
The settlement is a result of the union’s grievance involving teachers fired – or “excessed” -- in 2010 by then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Under the settlement agreement, each teacher who was terminated by DCPS as a result of this excessing will be entitled to compensation ranging from $38,000 to $105,000, depending on when the teacher was terminated and the teacher’s years of service at DCPS.
On today’s labor calendar, tune in at 1 o’clock this afternoon for this week’s edition of Your Rights At Work, when Ed Smith and I will discuss the latest labor news and take your calls about rights on the job; give us a call at 202-588-0893!
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1932, three thousand unemployed auto workers, led by the Communist Party of America, braved the cold in Dearborn, Michigan to demand jobs and relief from Henry Ford. The marchers got too close to the gate and were gassed. After re-grouping, they were sprayed with water and shot at. Four men died immediately and 60 were wounded.
Today’s labor quote is by IWW founder and labor organizer Lucy Parsons, who died on this date in 1942. Lucy Parsons, who said:
“Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.”
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