April 13, 2018News
Above: Educators from Alliance College-Ready Public Schools head inside the chain’s corporate offices to deliver an open letter demanding an end to the illegal anti-union campaign.
Charter company has spent $3 million to fight its own teachers.
Educators from Alliance College-Ready Public Schools took their fight for a union to the charter chain’s home office in downtown LA on March 1. Backed by parents and community, labor, and elected leaders, the teachers called on Alliance CEO Dan Katzir to end the well-funded anti-union campaign and allow educators their right to make the decision about unionization without interference or coercion.
“I have a problem with any school that stops teachers from determining their own destiny through collective action,” LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn said.
A 2017 report by the California State Auditor revealed that Alliance has spent $3 million on an anti-union propaganda campaign since teachers and counselors began organizing a union at the 28-school chain in 2015. According to the auditor’s report, Alliance has raised $1.7 million from private donors to fight its own teachers and counselors.
“We love our students and we love our community,” said Erick Guzman, a history teacher at Alliance Middle Academy 8. “And we deserve a right to have a seat at the table where we can negotiate as equals.”
The educators’ union drive has been met with a series of illegal anti-union actions by Alliance management, and the state labor board has issued multiple unfair labor practice complaints against the charter chain. Management’s tactics have been so egregious that an LA Superior Court judge ordered Alliance to cease harassment against teachers and counselors and not to interfere with union organizers.