Final Florida school district gets teacher union representation
The Calhoun County school district in Florida's Panhandle has become the last one in Florida to unionize its teaching staff, the Florida Education Association announced Tuesday.
It was a narrow decision, with 61 teachers voting to join and 55 opposed. Educators in Calhoun's six schools now will enter collective bargaining for their contract for the first time.
In the past, the district School Board unilaterally set all employment terms.
"Today is a new day for Calhoun County teachers. I am excited to know that teachers will be playing an active role - together - in decisions affecting teachers and students alike," organizer Russell Baggett said in a prepared statement. "Calhoun County is a high-achieving district, and being able to negotiate better working conditions for teachers will create even better learning conditions for our students."
The new teachers association has yet to choose its leadership team.