Teachers Fired from Merrick Academy Can Return to Work

Three of eleven teachers who were fired from a public charter school in Queens this summer will be allowed to return to their jobs in the fall.

Three of them will go to arbitration.

The United Federation of Teachers announced the agreement with Merrick Academy today. The teachers, who make up about one-third of the school staff, claim they were fired via FedEx letters sent to their homes for engaging in union activity.

Whereas most charter school teachers are not unionized, Merrick's employees voted to join the UFT in 2007. But the union and the school have not been able to agree on a contract yet.

Merrick Academy is located in Queens Village and it serves 500 students from kindergarten to sixth grade.