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Educators at Lackawanna charter school unionize

Teachers at Global Concepts Charter School in Lackawanna are now part of a labor union.

The board of directors for the New York State United Teachers voted Saturday to approve Global as an affiliate, after the 99 teachers and other professionals at the school voted last year to form the Global Concepts Charter School Teachers Association.

“Like so many workers, educators at this charter see the value in joining together in a union to collectively seek higher wages, better health insurance and improved working conditions," said NYSUT President Andy Pallotta.

Global is the ninth charter school in the region to be affiliated with NYSUT, which represents about three dozen charters statewide.

Negotiations for a first contract are already underway.

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