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Created: January 31, 2021 05:27 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- A Hennepin County district court orders the Minneapolis Public School District to accept teachers' union requests for an accommodation to work from home.
The Hennepin County Fourth Judicial District Court ruled Saturday that the Minneapolis Public School District could not require staff to return to work in person Monday, Feb. 1, if they had previously received or are in the process of obtaining an accommodation to work from home.
Days earlier the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Education Support Professionals filed an unfair labor practice with the Public Employment Relations Board. They filed an injunction with the court to stop the district from making unilateral changes to their contracts without bargaining. The injunction filed Thursday specifically requested the court order the school district to stop reassigning teachers prior to the contractual reassignment process being followed and to stop refusing to accept accommodation requests under Gov. Walz’s Executive Order 20-82.
The court allowed a limited temporary restraining order urging the district from requiring members to return to work in person on Monday if they have already obtained accommodations to work from home or are currently seeking them.
MFT also says that the court agreed that the district appears to have unilaterally changed the teacher contract’s reassignment procedures and that the union is likely to succeed on this issue with the PERB. The union says it will pursue this issue in their ULP complaint.
The order also stated that because it understands at least 40 percent of Minneapolis students have chosen to remain distance learners, the district should be able to have educators provide remote instruction to remote learners instead of reporting to a school building to do so.
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