PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence Teachers Union president offered the School Board another option Monday night: send out letters that include the possibility of layoffs and terminations.
PTU President Steve Smith said this would give Mayor Angel Taveras the opportunity to lay off teachers if the teachers' union is successful in blocking the terminations. The union has filed an unfair labor practice with the Rhode Island Labor Relations Board that seeks to challenge every termination. Marc Gursky, the union's lawyer, says the School Board violated the Labor Relations Act by failing to bargain in good faith before issuing the termination notices.
Indeed, the real train wreck will come if the city loses, and then they can't lay anyone off. Which seems fairly likely to me, since no justification for the terminations has been offered.
Also, they are threatening to fire everyone right at the end of a contract negotiation.