Unified School Board Rejects Union Representation

Unified School Board Rejects Union Representation

Recognizing existing labor unions as representative of employees was shot down by countywide school board members on Tuesday.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Recognizing existing labor unions as representative of employees was shot down by countywide school board members.

"This is not a excessive drama issue, this is just one of those where it's a working process, and I think what we'll do is continue working on the process so we can get the right solution and the right endpoint for our workers and our employees," said school board member Jeff Warren.

The Unified School Board struck down a measure Tuesday night to recognize labor unions.

"I'm very disappointed in that vote," said Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy. He doesn't like the path the board is going on this one, but they might not have had a choice. Current state law only allows collective bargaining rights for teachers.

"These were unions that had been well represented. These are not teachers but other types of employees of the school system represented them well. This was not going to require any extra money or any extra concession. Just the idea of recognizing them, as continuing to be the collective bargaining unit," said Mulroy.

"So what I got out of that vote, and I think a lot of people did, is that we need to go back to the drawing board and come up with something that will make everyone comfortable about the process we'll use," said Warren.

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