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Fired Teachers Rip Union, Ask For Money

A group representing at least some of the 266 District educators laid off on Oct. 2 is asking the Washington Teachers Union (WTU) for $250,000 to finance appeals of their cases.

A D.C. Superior Court judge last week upheld Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's decision to close a budget gap by eliminating their jobs. Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled that WTU attorneys failed to prove their contention that the budget issues were a sham and a pretext for an illegal mass firing.

The group, calling itself Wrongfully Terminated District of Columbia Public School Stakeholders, said in a statement that the WTU legal team headed by Lee Jackson "performed poorly" at the Nov. 5 hearing.

"The plaintiff's WTU attorneys failed to challenge any unlawful Reduction In Force (RIF) decision and the procedures and process used to implement the alleged RIF," the group said, adding that attorneys "did not present any substantive challenge to the DCPS (defendant's) testimony or to Rhee's declaration with regard to the school budget."

The laid off teachers asked WTU president George Parker and union officers for the $250,000 to fund legal representation in their appeals to the District's Office of Employee Appeals and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Parker did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Bill Turque

By Bill Turque  |  December 1, 2009; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Bill Turque,Education , Education  
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Comments

its a shame that all of you are starting to realize (a little late) that the union sold you out. you can't tell me that attorneys who work in this field couldn't have known what was needed to file a successful complaint. the union sold you out. its a simple as that. sure they made a big show about going to court but they knew how to sabotage the effort insuring a loss for you and a win for rhee. anyone who has any sense should be out there trying to get rid of george parker. he's the sell out!!! don't forget that!!!

Posted by: stayone | December 1, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps after the next WTU ELECTION, Ms. Rhee will give PARKER AND WHITE a job with Teach for America.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | December 1, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Maybe DCPS teachers should leave AFT and go with NEA.

Posted by: edlharris | December 1, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Funny how every time a teacher gets fired the union continues to take money from that teacher up until the teacher's last check.

Posted by: thebandit | December 2, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

"Funny how...the union continues to take money...up until the teacher's last check."

So? Why wouldn't they?

Posted by: goldgirl96 | December 2, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I am telling you Barbara Bullock...is looking like genuis.

George, if you were Tiger right now...I think there would be enough volunteers who would like to take a swing at you with a golf-club... Really, your situation is so reminiscent of sleeping witht the enemy.

Posted by: PowerandPride | December 2, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

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