Move to unionize at Philly charter school blocked, teachers say
By the Notebook on Aug 8, 2013 02:33 PM
by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks
Claims that the company running the Olney Charter High School tried to intimidate teachers who sought to unionize may be heading for a hearing.
Hanako Franz teaches 9th-grade history at Olney Charter High School, which became an non-unionized charter run by Aspira in 2011 -- Franz's first year of teaching.
Over the next two years, Franz says, the administration made many decisions -- some she says to the detriment of children's education -- without consulting with the teaching staff.
From there came the idea to form a union.
"We do want to have a legal right to a voice at our school and we want to be a part of decisions that get made," Franz said. "We understand that changes sometimes have to happen and change isn't always bad, but we just want to be a part of that process."
Like all teachers at Olney, Franz is employed on an "at-will" basis, without due process protections for being fired.