The soon-to-be president of the National Education Association is visiting a charter school in Alameda, Calif., Friday. But NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia isn't holding a press conference at just any charter, it's one with a unionized staff—a rarity in the charter sector—and she's there to highlight its state affiliate's new focus on organizing charter schools.
Alameda Community Learning Center staffers voted to unionize and join the NEA in November last year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The paper reports that the staff said they started organizing after the school board increased their hours while eliminating their salary schedules. They are still bargaining for a contract with school management.