Union influence declining at Mass. charter schools
When teachers at a Brighton charter school unionized four years ago, the first such move in the state, people took notice. The launch of a union at the Conservatory Lab Charter School marked a breakthrough for the state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers, a sign that its efforts to unionize the charter schools were making inroads. The state’s second-largest teachers union, the federation hailed the union as a “historic organizing victory.” But, in sharp contrast to the fanfare around its creation, the union at the Conservatory Lab Charter School has quietly disbanded. The state’s only other charter school union, on Cape Cod, remains intact, but has no bylaws and does not collect dues. The dissolution of the Conservatory Lab’s union shows that what little hold unions had on charter schools has slipped.