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Roy Roberts, Weingarten talk teachers’ right to negotiate

Against a backdrop of noisy protest, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten met with Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts Friday afternoon to discuss his recent decision to bypass collective bargaining and impose a contract on Detroit teachers, the Huffington Post reports. A controversial Michigan law called Public Act 4 allows Roberts to sidestep union negotiations. Despite a raucous rally of about 500 teachers, school employees and their supporters chanting “Negotiate Now” outside of Roberts office in Detroit’s New Center district, the outcome of the conversation was ambiguous. The Detroit Free Press reports that Roberts has agreed to review a union proposal calling for a negotiation process. Weingarten had hoped he would agree to negotiations and a timeline…

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