A Democratic state senator will buck her party’s historical alliance with the Minnesota teachers union and push to drop seniority as the main determinant in teacher layoffs. Sen. Terri Bonoff will formally introduce a bill aimed at the “last in, first out” layoff system common across Minnesota on Thursday.
A strike vote has been set by the teachers’ union in the Minnesota’s largest school district. Teachers from the Anoka-Hennepin school district will vote on April 17 on whether or not to strike. The vote will take place at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
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The St. Paul teachers union says its members voted “overwhelmingly” to ratify the tentative contract agreement reached with the school district less than two weeks ago.
The Minneapolis school district and its teachers’ union have reached a tentative contract agreement. The district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers say they reached the deal Saturday after what they said were “three consecutive days of productive talks.” Negotiations had begun last June.
The agreement was reached after a 24-hour-long mediation session. The contract will go through 2015 and includes new wages and benefits, as well as additional staffing.
Minnesota’s teachers union is endorsing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s bid for re-election well before Republicans settle on a candidate.
The Education Minnesota teachers union has a new president. Delegates at the Education Minnesota Representative Convention elected Denise Specht as president of the 70,000-member union on Saturday.
The leader of the state teacher’s union says the organization is facing a different political landscape at the Capitol, but expects to retain its political clout.
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