TEACHERS and other staffers at Olney Charter High School voted yesterday to form a union, becoming Philadelphia's largest charter school to unionize.
The final tally was 104-38 in favor of the union, which will be under the umbrella of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
"It's amazing," teacher Sarah Apt said after the vote count. "It's just an enormous victory for our whole community, not just for our staff but for students and families and for anyone who wants us to be a good school."
Inside the school cafeteria, Olney staffers watched, many standing arm-in-arm, as a National Labor Relations Board agent counted the votes from a cardboard box. The group cheered loudly after AFT representative Evan Lundeen said, "Y'all got a union."