I’m Not Comforted by This “Progress”
So the teachers head back to class today, in Tiverton, and although their contract is still under negotiation, there appears to be some movement. One of the reasons, however, is probably not a positive:
… both sides agreed to keep the details of negotiations private, in a departure from the practice of publicly airing differences on salaries and health insurance, the sticking points of the labor impasse.
So much for open government. Instead, they’ll come up with some numbers and let the taxpayers know when it’s a fait accompli. But that’s not all:
Most recently, the union has told school officials it cannot meet until December — after the November election, which could affect the composition of the School Committee.
So the union has gone without a contract for a full year, with only an extension of the older contract in the previous year, bringing it up to this election, in which at least one very union-friendly resident is on the ballot. Now the union organization will try to elect negotiation opponents who are more amenable to their view and then “resolve” differences of opinion when it comes to the contract.
If only everybody could elect new bosses for negotiation purposes, too!