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Teachers’ union upset with GUSD move

August 19, 2009

Glendale Teachers Assn. leaders blasted the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday for voting on a measure to terminate teacher contracts by the end of the 2009-10 academic year.

Union Vice President Alicia Harris called the move “scare tactics,” adding that it had absolutely no bearing since teachers’ contract with the district had already expired in June and had simply rolled over through the current year as negotiations between the parties continue. 

“None of these hardworking teachers or any of our 1,400 member deserve to be filled with anxiety over their contracts,” said Harris, who denounced Supt. Michael Escalante’s recommendation to formally terminate the contract as a move meant to “frighten teachers into feeling the same insecurity I felt when I saw this in print.”

Escalante explained that the move was necessary in order to get teachers back to the bargaining table and to create a sense of urgency for solving the district’s problems and renegotiating teacher salary and benefit provisions.

Union President Tami Carlson also offered this statement to the board:

I am dismayed be the district’s decision to terminate our contract as it will frighten our membership unnecessarily. We have consulted with the finest labor law attorneys in the Los Angeles area and been assured that that termination has no legal meaning. Our members’ salaries, benefits and working conditions will remain in full force and effect.

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