Report: Clovis Unified teachers union effort may have to start over

A would-be affiliate of the powerful California Teachers Association may have to start gathering signatures again to force unionization at California’s largest non-union school district.

The Association of Clovis Educators may have to start gathering signatures from prospective members all over again starting this month, which marks the one-year anniversary of the founding of the budding teachers’ union.

Typically signatures are valid for only one year. However, ACE filed four unfair labor practice complaints against Clovis Unified with the California Public Employment Relations Board that could “complicate” the one-year deadline, ACE spokeswoman Kristin Heimerdinger said. She said she doesn’t expect the PERB complaints will be soon resolved.


“The anniversary of our campaign is an amazing milestone for us especially when we look back at all we have accomplished,” Heimerdinger said. “We realize change takes time, and we are committed to continue to promote the changes that will allow educators to have a real, independent union to lift up our voices and give us a say in the decisions that impact our profession and the students we serve.”

Heimerdinger said support for ACE has been strong across the district, but “obviously we haven’t achieved majority support aside from the psychologists who are now bargaining their first contract.”

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