SEIU Loses Case

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tennesseanLast October, SEIU lost a case against the Nashville school district. The union had sued because two fired employees had not been allowed to appeal their firing. SEIU’s case was dismissed because the school district had followed state law.

Metro’s director of schools has the power to dismiss non-teaching employees without giving them an appeals hearing.

That’s the conclusion of a recent ruling by Davidson County Chancery Court Judge Ellen Lyle, who dismissed the case of two employees saying former Director of Schools Jesse Register fired them without allowing for an appeal to the school board, breaking Metro Charter.

State law, however, supersedes the charter and allows for a board to create policies detailing the process in which the director hires and fires personnel, according to Lyle’s ruling.