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Teachers get chance to keep union

Hundreds of Pulaski County Special School District teachers and support staff get a shot at trying to keep their current contracts at a special district hearing.
Hundreds of Pulaski County Special School District teachers and support staff get a shot at trying to keep their current contracts at a special district hearing. The acting superintendent recommends not renewing PACT and PASS contracts as of June 30th.

So many union employees signed up for the hearing the meeting had to be moved from district headquarters to Mills High School where the auditorium can seat the hundreds of teachers and staff members expected tonight.

The unions PACT and PASS, representing teachers and support staff, are pushing for continued recognition and the renewal of their contracts. The district's union employees got letters three weeks ago telling them their contracts would not be renewed as of June 30th.

The school board voted twice to stop recognizing PACT and PASS and twice a judge rejected that decision saying the district can't legally do that until a district-run replacement for the unions, a personel policies committee, is properly in place.

Less than two weeks ago union members rallied pledging to stand strong and fight for their right to be recognized as bargaining units.

PACT president Marty Nix said the union contract remains valid until a new one replaces it. The district feels otherwise.

Coincidently acting superintendent Rob McGill's last day on the job is also June 30th. He took a new position leading Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle. Doctor Charles Hopson becomes PCSSD's new superintendent July first.

FOX16's Kelly Dudzik will have more tonight at FOX16 News at 9 and 10.
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