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Broward Teachers Union on mend after bruising election

@MrMikeVasquez

After a bruising internal election, the Broward Teachers Union is moving forward -– with incumbent President Sharon Glickman successfully holding on to her post.

Glickman took about 54 percent of the vote in the BTU’s recent election, surviving a heated race against two challengers. The testy campaign included accusations of election committee improprieties, and candidates were sometimes put on the defensive over their past financial troubles.

But the union is now doing its best to heal, Glickman said, with an upcoming retreat planned for its executive board.

“It’s gonna take some time to mend fences,” Glickman said. “But the most important thing is that we work together for our members.”

The union has plenty of work to do:  endorsing candidates in the upcoming School Board election; negotiating raises for some employees, such as technical support personnel; and fighting Broward’s plan to privatize its facilities department.

Next Saturday will provide a feel-good moment, when the union gives away 45,000 books for students at high-poverty schools.

“Can you imagine 45,000 books?” Glickman said “They came in by the truckload.” 

--MICHAEL VASQUEZ

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