Charter teachers are professional educators who deserve the right to make a choice about which professional association best supports them. To this end, AAE provides this abridged guide informing charter school teachers about their options and allow them the chance to make an informed decision that best serves them, their colleagues, their school, and, most importantly, their students.
Leveling the Playing Field 2.0:
Abridged Guide for Charter School Employees about Unionization
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Atlantic Legal Foundation (ALF) in recent years has published a series of state-specific guides entitled Leveling the Playing Field, designed to equip charter school teachers, administrators, and other employees on what they should know about unionization efforts at their charter schools.
This condensed guide highlights ALF’s tireless research and effort and can serve as a tool for charter school employees and alert them to strategies that unions adopt to organize them into unions. In all cases, charter school administrators should ensure their efforts to educate charter school teachers are legal, coincide with an individual state’s laws regarding unionization, and do not conflict with the rights of union organizers or employees. As a charter school employee, you should ensure you understand your rights as well and understand not just one, but all sides of unionization attempts. This includes not only digesting the union’s information and efforts, but also seriously considering facts and perspectives of unionization presented by the charter school, its administrators, and an abundance of available information that may not support union efforts but offers a true comprehensive perspective about the many hidden realities of unionization. Unions work hard to recruit just enough supporters quickly and obtain approval with as little information as possible. As a charter school employee, it is imperative that you arm yourself with as much information as possible to truly understand the depths of unionization, limits it can place on your ability to communicate and perform—not only with students, but with charter school administrators.
Today, charter schools are widely accepted quality alternatives to traditional public schools, but teachers’ unions at the local, state, and national levels have consistently opposed charter laws and policy. Despite this opposition, unions also continue aggressive efforts to organize charter school employees and establish new union outposts among charter schools.
The decision to join a union is that of the individual charter school teacher or employee, but many of the facts surrounding unionization efforts of charter schools are those which organized labor would not likely advertise as it attempts to bring scores of new union members—along with their union dues—into the fold. Ultimately, unionization efforts challenge the foundation of flexibility, innovation, and accountability inherent in charter schools.
Click here to read the entire guide (pdf): Leveling the Playing Field 2.0: Abridged Guide for Charter School Employees about Unionization