ERIC Number: ED169642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Bad Cases Make Bad Law--Let's Improve Pre-litigation Labor Relations Practices in Schools.
Swift, Larry E.
This paper discusses the emergence of a system that can improve the capacity of school districts to bargain effectively, administer their contracts evenly, and be served by lawyers who have current knowledge of legal developments within the state. Several conditions lead to uneven results in school district collective bargaining cases. The result, the paper says, is that bad cases make bad law. One way suggested for school districts to improve prelitigation labor relations practices is to contract for negotiations services to be used at the bargaining table and in contract administration. A second way is to employ a service to have the existing school district contract analyzed and to have all proposals reviewed. Finally, a school district can employ paralegal personnel to disseminate legal briefs, memorandum decisions, rulings from the bench, and arbitration decisions gleaned from the council of school attorneys. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Program Descriptions, School Districts
Not available separately; See EA 011 530
Publication Type: Guides - General; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 7 of "School Law Update--1977" (EA 011 530); For related documents, see EA 011 530-556