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Some West Contra Costa teachers seek recall of union president

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    Some West Contra Costa teachers seek recall of union president By Shelly Meron Contra Costa
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2010
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      Some West Contra Costa teachers seek recall of union president
      By Shelly Meron
      Contra Costa Times<smeron@...?subject=ContraCostaTimes.com:%20Some%20West%20Contra%20Costa%20teachers%20seek%20recall%20of%20union%20president>
      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
      effort.

      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
      reversed.

      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
      vote."


      here is the link to the entire article:
      http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_14392346


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