If you watch enough Board meetings you will eventually see one of these, a PERC decision.
These occur when the District engages in unfair labor practices. I'd say that we see about two of these a year. The superintendent is directly responsible for all of them.
Well, folks, it looks like there will be another one coming soon.
Remember how happy everyone was with the new promotion to get more high school kids to eat breakfast? Well I guess not everyone was happy about it. West Seattle High School has unilaterally reduced the most popular breakfast period from 15 minutes last school year to only 5 minutes this year. An average of about 200 kids a day ate "2nd Breakfast" at WSHS.
The schedule change was implemented with no notice to the Labor Relations, General Counsel’s office or the union despite repeated past (legal) commitments from Central Administration that such unilateral actions would never be allowed again, and a caution (from the longtime Kitchen Manager) that such notice was required by law and previous findings against the District. These commitments were required to be read aloud at School Board public meetings and entered into the official record such as you have been required to do on other issues more recently.
There is no question that 200 West Seattle High kids cannot get through one cashier (much less eat) in 5 minutes. The result will certainly be even fewer kids eating a breakfast there.
Since the union only learned of this unilateral action the day before it began (and got no response whatsoever from HR), they were left with only one avenue to register their objections and the intent of the law: a complaint to the Public Employment Relations Commission.
While we applaud Mr. Boutin and try to welcome him, unilateral actions taken be schools themselves with little or no oversight, makes it extremely difficult to improve relations with the kitchen staff and their union.
Yet another labor relations misstep.
And, of course, fewer students at West Seattle High School eating some kind of breakfast.