FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 19, 2022
CONTACT: Chris Mulcahey
Minneapolis Teachers Union Prioritizes White Teachers For Layoffs
The Upper Midwest Law Center is speaking out against blatant racial discrimination
Golden Valley, MN – This week, the Upper Midwest Law Center (UMLC) has been sounding the alarm on the Minneapolis Public Schools adoption of racial discrimination in their tentative teacher’s agreement with the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers. The agreement states that when layoffs are necessary, white teachers will be the first to go over teachers of color, despite merit or seniority.
Senior Legal Counsel for UMLC, James Dickey joined Fox News to discuss the immoral and unlawful racial preference system by the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Minneapolis Public Schools. “They have put discrimination into law,” said Dickey, Senior Trial Counsel. “It requires that instead of laying off teachers in the future based on seniority or merit, they’re going to use the color of their skin instead and that’s a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
When asked if legal precedent exists, Dickey pointed to 1986 Supreme Court case, Wygant v. Jackson in which the Court struck down a layoff scheme based on the color of skin just like the new provision in Minneapolis teachers’ agreement.
The Upper Midwest Law Center continues to evaluate all options for litigation against this racist layoff policy and seeks to speak with Minneapolis taxpayers and teachers who may be willing to join such a lawsuit.
Additional Coverage on Minneapolis Teacher Discrimination:
Fox News: James Dickey Joins America’s Newsroom 8.17.22
Newsmax: James Dickey Joins National Report 8.19.22
CBS GMA: Minneapolis Public Schools defends policy to prioritize retaining educators of color when determining layoffs
NY Post: Minneapolis school district defends plan to layoff white teachers first