PERB Orders Disbandment of Clovis Unified’s Faculty Senate

The Clovis Unified School District has been ordered to disband its Faculty Senate, which has operated in place of a formal union for decades. California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) issued the landmark decision, pleasing labor advocates who have been pushing to have Clovis teachers unionize. The district is the largest in the state without a formal union.

Last year, PERB determined that the Clovis Unified School District had violated state law by effectively preventing employees from unionizing. PERB said the district had maintained undue support for the Faculty Senate, showing preferential treatment. The board ordered CUSD to implement equal treatment of employee organizations, including stopping annual stipends to the Faculty Senate, and allow an extension for Clovis educators to gather signatures for their petitions to unionize.

The Association of Clovis Educators (ACE), which advocates for unionization, wanted PERB to go further. ACE appealed in an effort to bring the relationship between CUSD and the Faculty Senate to an end.

“We are pleased with PERB’s ruling,” ACE spokesperson Kristin Heimerdinger said in a statement after the ruling. “Today’s decision empowers educators to choose their own representation freely, a fundamental right that has been upheld.”

Clovis teachers are awaiting the district’s next steps.

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