Researching from Outside the Library
In a comment to my post on the Burrillville teacher strike, Pat Crowley challenges me as follows:
Justin, I wish you would take the time to really investigate the issues instead of having this ivory tower, knee-jerk reaction.
This relates to something that has bothered me as I’ve followed news reports about the Tiverton teacher negotiation: the he said/she said regarding the contracts, especially, in Tiverton, with respect to some healthcare proposal by the union. As far as I can tell, the contracts and the specific proposals are not available to the public. Indeed, the school committee went into closed executive session to discuss it. I’m certainly willing to research these matters; heck, I’ll probably be sufficiently interested to produce some pretty charts. It seems to me that, if the unions think they’re objectively in the right, it would probably serve them better to get the information out there than to waste soundbites insulting the other party to negotiations. Send me the info, Pat, or direct me to it if I’ve missed it, and I’ll be happy to do my homework.