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Davis Sworn In as WTU President

8/2/2013, 10 p.m.
Washington Teachers' Union activist and veteran educator Elizabeth A. Davis was sworn into office Thursday as president of the union, ...
Elizabeth Davis

Washington Teachers' Union activist and veteran educator Elizabeth A. Davis was sworn into office Thursday as president of the union, a month after upsetting incumbent Nathan Saunders in a run-off election.

Davis, who vowed during her campaign to strengthen alliances with parents and community organizations, said she also aims to get more union members involved.

"Our union should be a much stronger voice for quality teaching and learning in our schools," Davis said. "I believe we can do better for children in our city — and I'm looking forward to working hard to make that happen."

Davis, who captured 55 percent of the final vote, takes the reins as the union negotiates a new contract for its 4,000 members. The contract, which Saunders was finalizing, would include teacher salary increases and provisions for extended school days and a longer academic term.

Saunders edged Davis in the first round of voting in June, but failed to win a 51 percent majority, leading to July's run-off election.