ERIC Number: ED243180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Labor Relations in School Systems; Attitudes toward Teachers Unions across School District Hierarchies.
Bacharach, Samuel B.; Mitchell, Stephen M.
This paper reports a survey of the attitudes of school personnel toward teacher unions and draws some implications concerning the dynamics of labor relations in school systems. Teachers, principals, superintendents, and school board members responded to questions on what areas unions should be involved in, degree of satisfaction with the local, and the state of labor management relations in the district. Teachers showed general satisfaction with their local and favored more union involvement in all areas addressed. Principals felt constrained by many work-related benefits teachers have obtained and saw the union as disrupting their ability to run their schools. Although superintendents were more strongly opposed to union involvement in work-related areas and more unsympathetic to economic demands than principals, they were very satisfied with the union and with labor relations because they perceived the unions as a medium for dealing with the entire staff. School boards regarded the unions as limiting their ability to develop policy and administer schools economically and wanted unions to decrease levels of involvement in all areas. Thus a graduated shift in attitudes is seen as one moves up the district hierarchy, with attitudes reflecting the degree to which the union has helped or hindered the respondent's job performance. (MJL)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Boards of Education, Collective Bargaining, Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Relations, Principals, School Districts, Superintendents, Surveys, Teacher Associations, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Employment Benefits, Union Members, Unions
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers: New York
Note: In: Consensus and Power in School Organizations. Final Report (EA 016 651).