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Detroit's First Unionized Charter School Wins Labor Dispute

Lynne Santoscoy hugs a fellow teacher after hearing she would get her job back.

Teachers at Cesar Chavez Academy, the first Detroit charter school to form a union reached a legal settlement this week with the school’s managers. Educators from the Cesar Chavez Academy negotiated a deal with the Leona Group, which manages the school’s day-to-day operations. The deal allows several fired teachers to be re-hired. Teachers filed several claims of unfair labor practices. The National Labor Relations Board issued a formal complaint against the Leona Group in February and the case was set to go to trial this week.

Lynne Santoscoy is a main plaintiff in the case. She spoke to WDET’s Martina Guzman about the case.

The Leona Group has released a statement saying it has admitted no wrongdoing.