Head of the Mass. Public Charter School Association predicts apocalypse if charter school teachers unionize: it "'would spell the end of innovations' at the alternative schools because principals would lose flexibility in hiring and firing."
I still think that equating unions with lack of flexibility and innovation is missing the whole potential of unionized charter schools. There's no reason that a charter school whose teachers are in a union has to abide by the contract that governs the whole district. Yes, the proposed UFT charters in New York are going to use the city's contract, but that's to prove the point that it's not the contract that stifles achievement. Even so, it looks like hiring will be done by the school itself, not some faceless bureaucracy.
A unionized school hiring its own teachers? What's next, a golden retriever summoned to court?