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ERIC Number: ED108351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Preparation for Bargaining: Negotiation and Administration of the Contract.
Higginbotham, Richard L.
Every state will soon have some negotiation law covering school employees. If negotiation is an adversary process between two powers, then there has to be a balance of power between the school board and union. Today unions have more actual and potential power than school management. Unions spend great sums of money preparing for negotiations and training negotiators. School districts also must spend money and learn to work together on the local, state, and national levels, or they will lose their rights to union whipsawing. Negotiation must be viewed as a continuous and permanent management function that requires careful advance planning. After a contract has been ratified, principals and supervisors will need inservice training on contract maintenance and labor relations. It is of prime importance that the board have a well-written contract, especially those clauses dealing with board rights, grievance procedures, and bargaining unit representation. Unionized teachers hope to take power from school boards and the citizens they represent; to protect the rights of the board, taxpayers, and students of a school district demands serious attention and determination. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of School Administrators (107th, Dallas, Texas, February 21-24, 1975)