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GOVERNMENT COPIES INJUNCTION TO HUNDREDS

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Hundreds of Virgin Islands teachers received personal copies of the 10-page preliminary injunction against their sick-out this week.
A two-page permanent injunction already has been issued.
"I don’t understand why the government is wasting paper," said Glen Smith, president of the St. Thomas-St. John Federation of Teachers. Not only is the notification redundant in light of the publicity about the court action, he said, but the preliminary injunction itself "is old and dated."
June Archibald, spokeswoman for the Education Department, said the copies were distributed through schools.
"My understanding is that you had to prove that everybody knew about it" in order to satisfy the court, she said. "I believe it was a joint decision" between Education and the Office of Collective Bargaining to distribute the notice.
She said it went only to teachers who had been absent from school on the days of job actions.
Archibald said she did not know how many teachers received a copy of the injunction, what it cost to supply the copies or whether the department would follow up with copies of the two-page order. She said she would check on those questions, but she did not call back with answers before the end of the work day Friday.

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