NEW ORLEANS, LA - Today, Bricolage Academy Educators won their union election 42-18. The election was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board at the school this morning. The teachers, collectively known as Bricolage Academy Educators United (BAE-United), voted to affiliate with United Teachers of New Orleans (UTNO).
“We’re feeling overjoyed that after 2 years of organizing we finally have a recognized union!” said Brittany Scofield, a Bricolage Academy music teacher. “ Our union will help promote equity and democracy in the workplace. Teacher working conditions are student learning conditions, and now that we have a real voice, we will help make decisions that benefit our students.”
The Bricolage Board will hold their next board meeting on Tuesday, May 25th at 4:00PM. The agenda is here and zoom link is here.
Show your solidarity on the meeting by changing your zoom name as follows:
Families: BAE Family, YOUR NAME
Bricolage Staff: BAE United, YOUR NAME
Allies and supporters: BAE Solidarity, YOUR NAME
Public comment is allowed before each vote. The items that will be voted on are: the minutes of the last board meeting, an addition of one new parent representative to the board, and the contract for the Interim CEO and Principal, Antigua Wilburn. There will not be a public
NEW ORLEANS, LA - Today, teachers at Bricolage Academy filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold an election for union recognition. The overwhelming majority of Bricolage employees have already expressed their intent to form a Union with the United Teachers of New Orleans, and this election will give staff the opportunity to finalize that decision.
These educators, collectively known as Bricolage Academy Educators United (BAE United), submitted their petition to the school’s Board of Directors over a month ago, asking them to voluntarily recognize their Union. After multiple overtures and weeks of waiting, the Board of Directors has yet to respond to the group’s requests for a meeting.
Bricolage Family Members Can Support BAE United by Signing onto this Petition
Dear CEO Troave' Profice and Bricolage Academy Board of Directors,
We the undersigned family members of Bricolage Academy students are writing in support of the Bricolage Academy Educators-United (BAE-United). Our staff has spoken. They formed a union in order to have a formal voice in decisions made at Bricolage. Teachers have a unique position to advocate for what is best for themselves and for our children. In supporting the union, we stand by Bricolage’s values of empathy, integrity, and courage. We believe the formation of the union will help us achieve the mission of our school. We call on the Board of Directors to voluntarily recognize their union.
Some people might wonder, what are the goals of BAE United? The leadership at Bricolage has open doors to employees who wish to voice concerns. While we are grateful for that type of leadership, we want to secure equity and formalized methods for collaboration for Bricolage employees present and future. Leadership can change, but a recognized Union with Collective Bargaining has lasting power.
We have come together as Bricolage Academy Educators United so that we can have the power to speak up for what we need as professional educators and what our students need in the classroom. Through our collective power as a union, we will be able to negotiate with our administration over the terms and conditions of our work lives -- to have an equal seat at the table as decisions are made. The only way to guarantee that we have a voice in these decisions is through the collective bargaining process.
After we win union recognition, we will begin negotiations with the administration over a first contract. At that point the administration is legally required to meet with us regularly and bargain in good faith. We will start by surveying everyone in the unit to understand our priorities, we will elect a bargaining committee to sit at the table and bargain the contract. We, alone, will set the priorities for negotiations. This won’t be a quick process, but rather an opportunity to be mindful and deliberate as we map out a vision for the future.
I love my kids. Teaching preschool special education students is something that others might find challenging, but I find them inspiring. These kids are the underdogs, the forgotten people. They’re the ones that people think can't do, but they do. They strive and open up and grow, just like any other child. To be successful in this work, you just have to have a passion for what you do, and most of our teachers have a passion for what they do. And that’s why we come together in our Union -- that passion.
For Immediate Release: Bricolage Academy Educators Present Petition for Union Recognition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 2, 2021
New Orleans, LA – Last week, teachers and school employees at Bricolage Academy submitted a petition to the schools’ board of directors requesting voluntary recognition of their union with the United Teachers of New Orleans.
The petition, which was submitted to the board on Wednesday, February 24 , was signed by 80% of eligible faculty and staff. These educators, collectively known as Bricolage Academy Educators United (BAE United) submitted the following Mission Statement as part of their petition to the school: