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ERIC Number: ED170909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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A Study of a District Teacher Organization's Impact on Educational Policy.
Bickel, William E.; Bickel, Donna DiPrima
This ten-year longitudinal case study examined collective bargaining between the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and the Pittsburgh School Board. Data were collected by reviewing all formal contract proposals for the years 1968-1978. To ascertain the impact of collective bargaining on educational policy, policy issues were separated from economic issues, educational policy proposals were categorized, an "institutionalization rate" of the number of policy proposals accepted was established, and an index of the organizational stability of the teachers' organization was devised. Results indicated that the teachers' organization has attempted to use collective bargaining to influence educational policy, but this attempt has met with only a moderate, although improving, rate of success. Factors that seemed to influence the success rate were growing organizational strength and changing school board interpretations of what matters were negotiable. Finally, as to whether a union's stability has an effect on how much the organization is interested in influencing educational policy, results are unclear. If amount of union interest in influencing policy is measured by number of policy proposals submitted, it appears that union stability does not increase interest, but if interest is measured by number of proposals accepted, stability may be perceived as an important influence on it. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh); Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers PA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979); Some tables may be marginally legible due to small print size