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'Now It's Our Turn': Statewide Walkouts Embolden Charter Teachers to Join Union

On Wednesday, teachers at three schools in the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools charter network became unionized. The three schools employ about 100 of the 730 teachers and counselors across 25 Alliance schools, all of which are located in the Los Angeles area.

A majority of teachers at these schools—Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy No. 5, Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex, and Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School—signed union authorization cards this morning, making United Teachers Los Angeles their union. (California labor law requires a majority of employees to sign authorization cards before an employer must recognize union representation.) Alliance teachers' movement toward unionization dates back to 2015 (you can read more about the initial bid here).


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