DEARBORN, Mich. — A Detroit-area charter school operator has agreed to settle an unfair labor complaint by paying $106,000 to seven of eight teachers who were fired.
The settlement closes a complaint at the National Labor Relations Board against Hamadeh Educational Services, which runs four schools. The eight teachers worked at Universal Academy in Detroit.
They were not members of a union, but acted together to speak out about conditions at the school during the 2015-16 year. They were subsequently fired.
The settlement document says Hamadeh will post a notice that says teachers won’t be disciplined for exercising their rights. The eight are being offered their former jobs, but decided not to return.
President Nawal Hamadeh says Hamadeh Educational Services “deemed it appropriate to reach a settlement so all parties can move on.”