Some West Contra Costa teachers seek recall of union president
- Some West Contra Costa teachers seek recall of union president
By Shelly Meron
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Posted: 02/12/2010 04:58:10 PM PST
Updated: 02/12/2010 06:11:34 PM PST
A group of teachers in the West Contra Costa school district took the first
step this week toward recalling their union president, setting the stage for
a possible vote next month.
The group submitted a petition to the union's vice president with 471
signatures from employees who support the removal of United Teachers of
Richmond President Pixie Hayward Schickele. The figure represents about a
quarter of the union's membership.
"People are unhappy with how things were run. People have been shut down or
shut out at meetings," said Lucy Giusto, a teacher who led the petition
Some teachers complained about ballot language and counting problems during
a November vote in which teachers approved a tentative contract agreement
with the school district. Ballots were later recounted and the outcome
The union and district reached another tentative agreement Dec. 11, and a
previously scheduled membership meeting three days later, Dec. 14, quickly
became a contract vote � in which the contract was approved 423-415.
The contract increases some class sizes, caps health care benefits and calls
for teachers to take five furlough days this year.
"Many of us believe that the timing of the election was done to
disenfranchise some members," Giusto said. "Many people didn't know there
was a tentative agreement until Monday (Dec. 14) when they were doing the
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