Re: Binding Arbitration Bill Made Public

This is the current language in Rhode Island law on the right of public school teachers to strike…

“Certified School Teachers’ Arbitration”, 28-9.3-1(b) It is declared to be the public policy of this state to accord to certified public school teachers the right to organize, to be represented, to negotiate professionally, and to bargain on a collective basis with school committees covering hours, salary, working conditions, and other terms of professional employment; provided, that nothing contained in this chapter shall be construed to accord to certified public school teachers the right to strike.
This is the proposed language in the binding arbitration bill being heard in House and Senate committee hearings today…
28-9.3-9.2 Conduct of teachers during arbitration — Proceedings — (a) No certified public school teacher shall participate in a strike.
There is very little difference.
The deal being offered to RI taxpayers is that, in return for being stripped of their rights to have democratically accountable representatives determine how money is to be spent on public schools, they will receive absolutely nothing. This is, of course, what RI teachers’ unions refer to as taking a “bargaining” position in good faith.

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11 years ago

I say let the teachers strike when they have an expired contract. And in return, a school district may choose to not rehire the entire group of them.

11 years ago

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