Advocates for Academic Excellence in Education and United Teachers of New Orleans have reached a new Memoradum of Understanding pertaining to compensation and benefits for Ben Franklin High School Teachers & School Employees. The agreement is the result of months of cooperative and constructive negotiations and will result in significant pay increases across the board for school personnel, including non-teaching staff. In total, the financial package represents a $207,481 increased investment in salaries over the next three years.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – On Thursday, Oct. 20, representatives from Benjamin Franklin High School and the United Teachers of New Orleans, AFT Local 527, came together to sign a newly negotiated salary schedule for teachers. The agreement is the result of months of cooperative and constructive negotiations and will result in significant pay increases across the board for school personnel, including non-teaching staff.
NEW ORLEANS, LA － On Wednesday afternoon, United Teachers of Franklin, a chapter of the United Teachers of New Orleans, signed their newly updated collective bargaining agreement with Ben Franklin High School. This is the third contract between the Union and the school, and was negotiated over the course of the 2020-2021 school year.
When teachers in Louisiana’s top performing high school, Ben Franklin, started their drive toward a union contract, it was big news across New Orleans.
The Franklin campaign caught the attention of charter school teachers at Morris Jefferson Community School who, just this month, have asked their board to begin negotiations on a contract of their own.
Until this year, the post-Katrina school system in New Orleans has been a model of hostility to unions. Then came a jolt: A surprise pro-union petition from many of the city’s most admired teachers at its renowned Benjamin Franklin High School.
An overwhelming majority (more than 85 percent of teachers and staff) signed a petition in favor of forming a union at Benjamin Franklin High School. Although the faculty of Franklin High School teach at the highest-performing school in the city, they have experienced many of the same bad management practices seen in the city’s other charter schools