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San Diego Unified School District board member Shelia Jackson said she is skeptical about the efforts by the district’s principals and central-office administrators to start a new white-collar union.

As we reported last week, the district’s Administrators Association recently voted overwhelmingly to move ahead with plans to form a formal collective-bargaining unit.

Here’s what Jackson said today:

I look at unions for helping working-class people. … I don’t look at unions for people who are getting paid six-digit salaries.

As for administrator concerns about their ability to communicate with Superintendent Carl Cohn, particular as the district moves ahead with staff cuts, Jackson said this:

I think they have to be held accountable. I think one of their concerns is that the superintendent [shouldn’t be] allowed to regulate them and move them, but to me, that’s the same argument they have with the teachers’ association. … I think that is a good thing, because if they’re not performing, I think they need to be moved, and it shouldn’t take an act of Congress to move them.

If the school board does not voluntarily vote to accept the new union, the effort to could result in a protracted fight before the state agency that regulates public-employee unions.

VLADIMIR KOGAN

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