Judge issues restraining order against charter school affiliated with former Mayor Richard Riordan


A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order against Alliance College-Ready Public Schools late yesterday, ordering its administration to cease stifling a unionization effort.

The LA teachers union, UTLA, is currently attempting to unionize the teachers at the charter school organization, which is LA Unified’s largest with 27 schools and around 700 teachers who are currently not represented by any union. Alliance has attempted to discourage the effort in ways that both UTLA and the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) claimed were illegal.

The restraining order issued yesterday by Judge James C. Chalfant placed new rules and restriction on Alliance administrators, including:

  • Alliance “must not” ask employees about their “beliefs, views or intentions regarding unionization.”
  • Stay 100 feet from a conversation between union representatives and teachers.
  • Refrain from efforts to “coerce or threaten to impose reprisals against certified employees.”
  • Allow UTLA representatives access to schools sites after-hours.
  • Cease efforts to “block or deny UTLA electronic email messages to certified employees work email addresses.”
  • Provide every certified employee with a copy of the TRO.

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