Clovis Unified Teachers Want to Unionize

The Clovis Unified School District could soon drop its designation as the state’s largest non-unionized district. A group of teachers have launched a campaign to unionize. They are calling themselves The Association of Clovis Educators (ACE).

CUSD’s bus drivers, custodians, and maintenance workers are represented by the California State Employees Association, but the teachers have never unionized. There were at least two failed efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to EdSource

Issues that emerged during the coronavirus pandemic motivated the latest effort. The pandemic “highlighted growing challenges many of us had seen in Clovis over the past seven or eight years,” according to ACE’s website

The campaign has already sparked tension between educators and the district. Some organizers have alleged intimidation tactics to discourage the effort. District officials have denied those allegations.

In order to form a union, over 50% of employees must sign on. The organizers have up to a year to gather the required signatures. The California Teachers Association is helping with the effort.

CUSD was founded in 1959. With 41,200 students and 2,100 teachers and counselors, it is the 11th-largest school district in California.