City teachers union to vote today


Baltimore Teachers Union members head to the polls today to elect a president and other officers, one day after an appeals court rejected a former BTU president's attempt to stop the election.

Former president Irene B. Dandridge, who claims she was improperly excluded as a candidate, said she isn't giving up her fight to reclaim the job she held for 17 years, despite yesterday's ruling.

"We do have some options," Dandridge said. "One is to go to the international union [American Federation of Teachers] and ask for an investigation of the election, and we do plan to do that."

Jeffrey N. Pritzker, Dandridge's attorney, said he will also ask the U.S. Labor Department to investigate the union's handling of the election. He said more than 1,000 teachers signed a petition supporting Dandridge's bid for a spot on the ballot.

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge rejected Dandridge's request last month for an order to place her name on the ballot. In a decision issued yesterday, the Court of Special Appeals, without comment, also rejected her bid to stop today's election.

BTU officials say Dandridge is not eligible to run for union office because her membership lapsed after she stepped down in October as president of the Federation of Maryland Teachers.

Pub Date: 5/19/98

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