New Palm Beach Union President May Reform Election Rules


If a union serves the needs of its members there is no reason to force teachers to join.  If it does not serve is members’ needs it should be allowed to represent those members.  Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association officials have rejected a call for an election recount and Justin Katz stands to take over the presidency.  Andrew Marra has the story in the ExtraCreditblog of

A Palm Beach County teachers union panel on Wednesday rejected a request for a recount in the union’s presidential election, securing a narrow victory for a 33-year-old teacher who ran as an outsider.

Results tallied Saturday showed that Park Vista High teacher Justin Katz narrowly edged out Pahokee Middle-Senior High teacher Gordan Longhofer by 28 votes out of 1,356 cast, a 2 percent margin of victory.

But leaders of the Palm Beach County Classroom Teachers Association declined Monday to certify the results of the presidential election after Longhofer called for a recount, saying that he should have a chance to make his case to an elections panel.

Katz, who is also a Boynton Beach city commissioner, said afterward that he was “happy with the results” and that some of controversies that emerged during that campaign had prompted him to plan a review of the union’s election rules.

“I ran for this position because I truly believed that we needed new blood and a contemporary leader, willing to take bold steps in order to achieve our long stalled union goals,” he wrote in a statement to the Palm Beach Post.

“I am more confident now than ever that the CTA and the PBC School District are in a position to turn the page on the turmoil and adversarial roles we’ve become accustomed to for what feels like forever.”