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Massachusetts Charter School Teachers Join Teamsters Local 170

Teachers in Massachusetts made history recently when they became the first group of charter school teachers to join the Teamsters Union. The 80 teachers, who work at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, Mass., joined Teamsters Local 170 in Worcester, Mass., through card-check recognition. The vote was certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations.

On Thursday, July 24, the steering committee was reconvened in Denver for the purpose of a briefing on the current state of negotiations. Representative Clacy Griswold explained where the negotiations are now. There was also a short briefing on mediation. Representative Bob Fisher gave an overview of the current system wide arbitration cases.

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court in Nevada granted a preliminary injunction in favor of Teamster pilots at Allegiant Air, finding that Allegiant unilaterally changed provisions in the existing agreement during bargaining in violation of RLA status quo requirements. Allegiant was ordered to reinstate the lost medical program, comply with parental leave policy, and address scheduling issues due to the unilateral implementation of a preferential bidding system.

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