That was how long the “interim managers” managed to last as the leaders of the Wicomico County Education Association. Yesterday a circuit court judge issued a temporary restraining order, forcing them to return control of the union’s building, computers and bank accounts to the elected officers and board.
The judge gave them 24 hours to vacate the premises, and we will soon learn if that left enough time to erase evidence of their activities and correspondence during their short tenure.
This doesn’t end the court battle, however. A preliminary hearing to permanently settle the matter is scheduled for May 15. In the meantime, the disaffiliation vote has been necessarily delayed. The ultimate outcome is still in doubt, but yesterday’s decision at least ended the occupation of WCEA headquarters.