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  • Diamel@aol.com
    Great Protest! Thomas Prather, teacher at Grant and I occupied the UTR office for the second time all day. Last night about 80 teachers squeezed Pixie with
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 10 6:54 AM
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      Great Protest! Thomas Prather, teacher at Grant and I occupied the UTR
      office for the second time all day. Last night about 80 teachers squeezed Pixie
      with song, chants and blocked her from leaving. She was running around
      trying to get away from members...

      She called police, and told them to arrest us. Hercules and Pinole police
      showed up. When I asked her for a re-vote and membership meeting, she
      said, Al Gore didn't get a re-vote! We will be back today at 3:45 to disrupt a

      Diane Brown

      In a message dated 11/10/2009 6:50:33 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
      cslamon@... writes:

      Close vote on West Contra Costa teachers contract prompts recount
      By Katherine Tam
      Contra Costa Times <_ktam@bayareanewsgroktam@b_
      (mailto:ktam@...) ?subject=ContraCost?subject=Co
      Close vote on West Contra Costa teachers contract prompts recount>
      Posted: 11/09/2009 01:51:42 PM PST
      Updated: 11/09/2009 10:43:47 PM PST

      Ballots for a three-year West Contra Costa teachers contract will be
      recounted Tuesday, after an earlier tally showed it passing by just nine

      Teachers voted last week to ratify the contract with 698 yes ballots and
      no ballots, according to the United Teachers of Richmond Web site. If that
      count holds, it will be the narrowest margin by which the union has ever
      approved a contract.

      The vote and recount come at a time of mounting tension between the
      30,000-student West Contra Costa Unified School District and its teachers
      union, marked by months of stalled negotiations, accusations of unfair
      practices and the school board's imposition of a contract in July. Union
      members voted overwhelmingly in August to strike if a permanent agreement
      not reached.

      But a number of union members say the process by which votes were counted
      last week has been compromised. On Monday afternoon, more than two dozen
      gathered at union headquarters in Pinole to ask questions and seek a new

      "This is obviously a very important matter to our members," said teacher
      Amanda Henderson, who sits on the union's election committee. "They deserve
      honesty and transparency. If the membership is to trust the union, they
      need to have trust in its election process too."

      On Thursday, the last of three days of voting on the contract at school
      sites, the election committee counted ballots from each school while five
      observers watched. The tallies were compiled on to one list. The committee
      chairwoman used a calculator to add it up and left the room. Several
      committee members, observers and longtime union members say this is
      the chair typically asks another committee member to check the math, and
      committee certifies the results before delivering it to the president, they

      After 10 minutes, union President Pixie Hayward Schickele entered the room
      where the committee and observers were waiting and said the contract was
      ratified. Election committee member Lisa Reynolds asked for vote totals,
      she said Hayward Schickele refused. Reynolds said that when she asked why,
      Hayward Schickele told her, "I don't want to."

      Teachers said they lack confidence in the process and a new election must

      "This has to be a transparent process," teacher Diane Brown said.

      The union's executive board voted Saturday to have the elections committee
      recount ballots because the vote is so close, Hayward Schickele said. The
      recount is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, and results are expected to be
      known Tuesday night.

      "I don't believe it will change anything," Hayward Schickele said Monday.

      Hayward Schickele said ballots were correctly counted Thursday. She did not
      release vote totals that night, she said, because the union needed to
      provisional ballots, which could not be done until the next day. Some
      committee members said provisional ballots were verified as the count was
      being done Thursday, and they did not see leftover ballots.

      On Monday afternoon, teachers seeking answers crowded around Hayward
      Schickele as she tried to leave the union headquarters parking lot in her
      car. Pinole police intervened, and Hayward Schickele left. She returned
      after about a half-hour and entered the office from a door separate from
      main entrance. She asked union members inside to leave so she could lock

      The teachers asked Hayward Schickele to answer questions about what
      and why. Hayward Schickele insisted that rules were followed, which union
      members disputed.
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