Teachers in the lowest performing school district in Tennessee want to negotiate a new labor agreement. One of the two teachers unions in Memphis-Shelby County Schools (MSCS) states they have enough signatures to force the district to begin negotiations.
The union says that more than 15% of educators in the district are ready to return to the bargaining table. More than four years have passed since the previous agreement expired.
President of the United Education Association of Shelby County, Danette Stokes, presented a petition during the most recent MSCS board meeting calling for collaborative conferencing.
The Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act in Tennessee says that a minimum of 15% of eligible school district employees must sign a petition before the process can begin. During collaborative conferencing, educators get to discuss salary, insurance, benefits and working conditions with the school district that employs them.