Judge Rules District 150 Superintendent Threatened Union Members

Judge Rules District 150 Superintendent Threatened Union Members

The threats happened during bargaining talks with the police union over school resource officers.
 A judge with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has ruled District 150 School Superintendent Grenita Lathan threatened union members during negotiations in 2011.
  Lathan was meeting about the school resource officers and expressed how much was being spent on legal fees.
  The ruling says she then said if they did not like the way things were they could find work elsewhere and to remember where their money comes from when they pay their bills.
  While some of the bargaining unit members say they felt threatened, one member says he understood the point the superintendent was trying to make.
   Still, the judge found those statements to be threats that violated the state Educational Labor Relations Act. As a result, District 150 must, for two months, post signed copies of a notice pledging to not threaten employees or interfere with their right to file grievances.
  Dr. Lathan has responded by saying in a statement, “I am disappointed in the outcome. The charge arose out of a meeting the administration had with members of the union in which implementation of a significant board policy was discussed. Most of the members attending the meeting did not feel threatened and many thanked me for my attendance at the meeting. The finding by the Administrative Law Judge in this regard does not result in any penalty to the Board of Education or School District, other than posting a notice for 60 days. It is unlikely that we will seek an appeal.”
     The judge made two other decisions regarding the district, ruling that 150 acted in accordance with the Act by bargaining in good faith with employees.

  

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