PERB rules in UTLA’s favor, the union will now represent all educators at five Alliance charter schools

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Read the full PERB decision, attached.


On May 18, 2020, the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) officially certified UTLA as the exclusive union at three charter schools: Alliance Gertz-Ressler/Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex, Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 5 and Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School and ordered each school to recognize UTLA and commence bargaining.  Educators at these schools filed supermajority petitions for unionization back in May 2018.

Meanwhile, educators at two others — Alliance Leichtman Levine Family Foundation Environmental Science High School (ESAT) and Alliance Morgan McKinzie High School — filed supermajority petitions for unionization back in April 2019. At that time, those petitions were put in abeyance pending the outcome of the first three petitions filed in 2018.

It was decided at that time to continue with and not delay the hearings on representation for the first three schools. On Friday, May 22, UTLA’s legal team requested that PERB adopt the same ruling made on May 18, 2020, and immediately certify UTLA as the union at Leichtman-Levine and Morgan McKinzie. We anticipate the outcome to be the same: UTLA will be the exclusive bargaining representative of these two schools as well.

We call on Alliance to respect PERB's decision and to recognize and bargain with us at these five schools immediately.

“Now that PERB has made it clear that we filed appropriately at our schools, we’re ready to sit down at the bargaining table,” said Kemberlee Hooper, a Physical Education teacher at Gertz-Merkin. “I’m excited that we’ll have an equal voice in decision making, and I look forward to bargaining over issues like professional developments and a fair and meaningful evaluation process.”

With this decision, Alliance educators at all five schools have prevailed after a two-year legal delay intended by Alliance managers to deny educators their right to bargain and to organize with UTLA. Alliance educators are ready to move forward. They urge Alliance management to set an example for their students and the Alliance community by respecting PERB’s decision and its own educators.

Particularly in this unprecedented time, it's more important than ever that educators have an equal voice in decisions impacting their students, their schools, and their profession. Alliance educators simply want to sit down with Alliance as real decision-making partners and together decide what will make their schools the best place to work and learn.