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WTU asks for Wednesday hearing to stay layoffs

With laid off teachers scheduled to be dropped from the District payroll on Nov. 2, the Washington Teachers' Union asked a D.C. Superior Court Monday for a temporary restraining order to keep them in place until legal issues can be sorted out.

The 266 teachers and support staff represented by the union have been on administrative leave with pay and benefits since they were dismissed on Oct. 2. The union sued five days later, asking for a permanent injunction that would prohibit the District from executing the firings until the matter can be reviewed by an arbitrator or a court.

An initial hearing on the injunction is scheduled for Nov. 5, three days after union members are scheduled to be separated from the school system.

A temporary restraining order, if granted, would freeze the firings for 10 days, enabling teachers to stay on the payroll while the Nov. 5 hearing goes forward. The union asked for a hearing on that order to be held Wednesday.

Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  October 26, 2009; 7:16 PM ET
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Good luck!!

Posted by: candycane1 | October 26, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

A TRO would be the proper move. It would obviously be more difficult to reinstate employees once separated than holding over until all relevant facts have been reviewed. I'm hoping the best for colleagues. Keep the faith!!

Posted by: schooletal | October 26, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

This is the right move, under the circumstances, but too bad it ever had to come to this. Firing these teachers didn't help the children and the TRO is not about the children. It's adult games, which Rhee instigated and loves to play.

She's in her element right now.

Posted by: efavorite | October 26, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

The union should contribute big to Fenty's re-election campaign and he'll give them a contract.

Posted by: edlharris | October 27, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

So on point as always, edlharris and efavorite. Perhaps campaign contributors are calling some of this bogus, "baloney" shots to begin with!

Posted by: southyrndiva | October 27, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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