Two Wins for the Independents

Two years ago elected representatives of the Santa Rosa Professional Educators decided they had had enough of their spotty relationship with the union’s parent affiliates – the Florida Education Association and the National Education Association. They voted unanimously to disaffiliate.

This triggered the usual response, culminating in FEA and NEA creating a competing local, the Santa Rosa Education Association, which challenged the now-independent SRPE for exclusive representation.

Well, the votes are in and SRPE will continue to represent the 1,900-teacher bargaining unit.

SRPE president Rhonda Chavers said the union will not consider a return to FEA and NEA.

In related news, the Carmel Teachers Association, which ousted the NEA-affiliated local last May, celebrated the ratification of its first contract. The independent Indiana local represents a 900-teacher bargaining unit.