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.
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