Teachers union sues Jefferson Parish School Board in contract dispute

By Paul Purpura, NOLA.com

The Jefferson Federation of Teachers said Tuesday it is suing the School Board over contract disputes with teachers. The union and 12 teachers allege that the School Board breached individual employment contracts by failing to maintain the teachers’ level of benefits and planning time.

UFCW President in Louisiana Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

By Carl Horowitz, National Legal and Policy Center

Calvin Sanders was more than just careless. And that’s why he faces a potential five-year prison sentence. Sanders, who had served as president of Local 638C of the United Food and Commercial Workers during June 2007-February 2010, was charged in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana with embezzling $24,028 in funds from the Lafayette, La.-based union.

Louisiana teachers union beefs up arguments in tenure lawsuit

By Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com

A court decision in Monroe has given the Louisiana Federation of Teachers new ammunition in its fight to get Gov. Bobby Jindal’s 2012 teacher tenure law declared unconstitutional. The union said Thursday it will expand its arguments against Act 1 in a lawsuit already pending in East Baton Rouge district court.

Jefferson Parish School Board nixes union benefits fund

By Sarah Tan, NOLA.com

Relations continue to sour between the Jefferson Parish School Board and the teachers union, as the board switches employee vision, dental and life insurance coverage from the Jefferson Federation of Teachers’ Health and Welfare Fund to private companies.