It seems that Seattle Public Schools is found to have committed unfair labor practices just about every year. When it happens the Board has to read a notice from the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) into the record at a board meeting and promise to be good. Then they go ahead and do all of the things they promised to never do again.
Well, it happened again. This time at Lawton. The original story is difficult to determine because the school district's narrative keeps changing, but the management action is a clear case of misconduct. They came down harder on an employee after the employee requested union representation. The allegation against the employee went from a complaint from a student, to a complaint from a teacher, to an allegation of inappropriate touching to an allegation of shaking. The district was going to act swiftly then wanted time for an "investigation", then said they had done an investigation, then said they had not done an investigation. The district, at no time, followed the procedures laid out in the collective bargaining agreement, or provided the union with required information, or fulfilled promises made following a previous finding of unfair labor practices by PERC.
While it might be understandable for a principal to occasionally violate some lesser known elements of the labor agreements, this case, like so many others, features violations of the rules by district officials in the Human Resources department. This is their business, and the bungling manner in which they conduct it is unforgivable. The culture of lawlessness in the District makes everyone not only ignorant of the rules, but contemptuous of them. And it costs the District dearly. Not only financially, but in the morale and loyalty of the staff and in their credibility.