[caption id="attachment_57209" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Labor-management collaboration in California's ABC Unified School District has led to gains in student achievement."][/caption]

Laura Rico, union president for southern California’s ABC Unified School District and national vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), said the idea of collaboration between labor and management was “very risky—even political suicide” when union leaders began working more closely with district leaders in the late 1990s. But the partnership has paid off in a big way, she said—demonstrating that when both sides come together...

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