D.C. Teachers Union, Former Leader Clash over Pay

February 23, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — D.C. teachers voted their union president, George Parker, out of office nearly three months ago. But Parker has not returned to the classroom, and a fight has broken out over who should pay the balance of the $96,000 annual teaching salary that a written agreement guarantees him.

The Washington Teachers’ Union traditionally reimburses the District for the salary and benefits of teachers who work full time for the union. But Parker’s departure was uncommonly acrimonious.  Defeating him in the November vote was his most vocal critic, Nathan Saunders. Now that Saunders is president, he is balking at having the union cover the cost of Parker’s time off, even though the terms are set out in a written agreement that requires the union to cover his salary through June.

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