Teachers' lawsuit headed for trial

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Marshall County's school board was ordered last week to stop negotiating with its Teacher Advisory Council, according to the education association's lawyer. However, the board's attorney contends they weren't negotiating.

That's the latest in a Chancery Court case filed May 21 by the Marshall County Education Association against the school board alleging bad faith in teacher contract negotiations. In mid-August, Chancellor J.B. Cox ordered system leaders to stop using two documents that allegedly diminished MCEA's viability.

A vote among teachers several years ago certified the MCEA as their bargaining agent. Subsequently, the school system has concluded that the association no longer has a majority of the professional employees as members. Association leaders argue school board tactics hinder association operations.

Attorneys for both sides say ...pick up a copy of Wednesday's paper for the rest of the story.