SEIU Loses Again

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tennesseanIn December, SEIU lost another case against the Nashville school district. The union had sued because the district’s director had suspended an agreement with the union. The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled that the director had the authority to suspend that agreement.

Nashville’s former director of schools legally suspended an agreement with the union representing non-licensed employees in 2011, according to a recent opinion by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The opinion, filed Dec. 21 by Court of Appeals Judge Richard Dinkins, overturns a lower court decision that said former Director of Schools Jesse Register didn’t have the authority to suspend a labor negotiations policy with the Service Employees International Union, which represented non-licensed employees at the time…

Non-licensed employees include nearly all district employees except teachers and bus drivers.

The opinion is a win for the district in the longtime lawsuit against it that alleges Register and his staff went beyond their legal authority in suspending the policy…

When the lawsuit was first filed, the district said it rescinded the agreement because the union wasn’t focused on student and employee issues.