Education, National

Texas Teachers Sue District for Violating Free-Speech Rights

October 20, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Corpus Christi, TX – The Corpus Christi American Federation of Teachers filed a civil lawsuit against the city school district and its superintendent Oct. 14, charging that they have violated its free-speech rights “to punish the union for its advocacy.”

Corpus Christi AFT President Nancy Vera said district superintendent Roland Hernandez had barred her and other union staff from several schools, threatened to sue the union for criticizing principals, spent district funds on anti-union propaganda, and encouraged principals to refuse to meet with union representatives. The “straw that broke the camel’s back,” she said, was his decision to break up a panel that consulted on issues such as wages and benefits after the union won 10 of the 12 seats on it. “Because Corpus Christi AFT members have been so successful in winning seats on the consultation committee,” Vera said in a statement, “the superintendent decided to take control and get rid of the process.” The AFT local represents about 1,800 teachers. Read more

October 19, 2016

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