Volusia County teachers union may soon be forced to close its doors

Volusia County teachers union may soon be forced to close its doors

A new state law requires union density to be at least 60 percent for the union to continue operating and the Volusia United Educators, or VUE, could fall below that figure.

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However, union representatives said the recertification process is between them and the state and they feel blindsided by a recent school board decision.

“Frankly, the board has inserted itself into a process in which it has no role and we believe it is intentional and malicious,” said VUE President Elizabeth Albert.

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The school district notified the Florida Public Employee Relations Commission, or PERC, that union representation had not met the threshold in time for recertification.

In a statement to Eyewitness News, a district spokesperson said, “The certification VUE provided did not match their PERC filing, and our legal representative responded to their recertification request to provide PERC with the information we planes taken from VUE solidarity reports. It was just a record of information and a timeline. Districts have an obligation to exercise due diligence to ensure the law is followed.

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Albert said that, according to the Florida Education Association, Volusia United Educators is the only union in the state addressing this issue.

She added that if a union does not maintain 60 percent of its membership, there is a possibility of an election. She believes that if there was an opportunity to take this step, the union would be safe.

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“The current situation has led to an absolute new boost and revitalization of our recruiting efforts and we have people knocking on our door to join us,” Albert said.

The union maintains that…

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