AFT moves on WTU election takeover
Update 8:30 pm: The WTU has filed suit against the AFT, asking a federal judge to issue an injunction blocking the national union from conducting the local's election.
It wasn't long ago that the Washington Teachers Union and its national parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers, were locked in a high-stakes contract fight with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. Now it looks like they've gone to war against each other.
AFT president Randi Weingarten has made good on her threat to assume control of the WTU's stalled elections, announcing late Tuesday that she had placed the local under an "administratorship" to conduct the balloting in a timely manner. The move, which the AFT says does not interfere with the union's day-to-day operations, came after WTU president George Parker and the union executive board refused to comply with an Aug. 4, order to begin the election immediately.
"The AFT intervened for one purpose only--to ensure that the WTU membership has the right to a timely and fair election of its officers," Weingarten said in a statement. "Intervention like this is uncommon, and we avoid in every way possible involving ourselves in political differences between union officers."
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