In June, Chavez teachers voted overwhelmingly to unionize with DC-ACTS, the District of Columbia Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, saying they were inspired by the legendary labor victories of Cesar Chavez in the fields of California.
“Unfortunately,” said science teacher Christian Herr, “Chavez Schools has trampled on Cesar’s legacy and the school’s students by failing to take our victory, and the collective bargaining process, seriously.”
The union, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, has filed unfair labor practice charges.
For this week’s labor events, go to dclabor.org, and click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1955, ending a 20-year split, the two largest labor federations in the U.S. merged to form the AFL-CIO, with a membership estimated at 15 million.
Today’s labor quote is by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney, who welcomed the collapse of World Trade Organization talks in Seattle on this date in 1999, declaring, "No deal is better than a bad deal."
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