Conversations About Our Scholarly Lives

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM
Monday Mar 20, 2017
Suite 309, DeWitt Wallace Library

Lesley Lavery, will present, "Power, Process, Personnel: Unionization in the Charter Sector."  "Just like Israelis and Palestinians, Crips and Bloods, Yankees and Red Sox, teachers’ unions and the charter movement simply don’t like each other,” (Isquith, 2015).   Animosity between teachers’ unions and the charter movement is often assumed by the popular press, policymakers, and the public.  But today’s competitors have not always been so anchored in opposition.  Lost in the headlines are the roots (charters as a union idea) and offshoots (novel governing arrangements granting unions a seat at the bargaining table in the charter sector) of the relationship between modern adversaries. Lavery combines interview data from teachers at two recently unionized Minnesota charter schools with minutes from school board and parent teacher organization meetings, local newspaper coverage, and the contract ultimately negotiated between one charter school’s teachers and board to explore the factors that incite collective organization and the ways in which the process of unionization alters operations and relations. All faculty welcome.  Lunch will be provided.

Contact: Theresa Klauer, 6437

This event is for: Faculty

Sponsored By: Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST)

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