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Teachers At Columbus Charter School Seek Union Vote

A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy have taken steps to force a union organizing vote. They got help from the state's largest teacher union, The Ohio Education Association. O-E-A vice president, Scott DiMauro says, if successful, it would be the first union at a central Ohio Charter school. "What we know in this situation is that there's a group of teachers that are dissatisfied with the working conditions they are facing there and the support that they have from their administration," says DiMauro. The group filed its petition with the National Labor Relations Board. A union election could take place in as little as seven weeks. School founder Martin Griffith declined comment on the possible vote. "I became aware of it last Thursday and at this point I can't comment on the proceedings or the situation," says Griffith. Franklinton Preparatory Academy enrolls 135 students in grades 9 through 12.