ERIC Number: ED125063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
The Influence of "Goldfish Bowl" Bargaining in Education.
Magruder, Donald R.
The effects of Florida's "sunshine" law opening collective bargaining sessions to the public are outlined in this presentation, which summarizes the results of a survey of school board members, superintendents, and negotiators. Of the 101 school board members (one-third of Florida's total) responding to the questionnaire, 68 said that they prefer public sector collective bargaining to be conducted in open sessions; 33 said they did not prefer it. Of the 42 superintendents polled, 27 indicated a preference for open bargaining sessions. A majority of the chief negotiators questioned in the survey preferred at least some closed bargaining sessions. Some negotiators pointed out that sunshine bargaining tends to polarize positions and makes it difficult for both sides to openly express options and alternate solutions. However, public session bargaining can work to management's advantage because public opinion is generally opposed to union demands, and the union therefore is placed on the defensive. Press coverage of open collective bargaining varied. In some districts all sessions were covered, whereas in 10 districts, none of the sessions was attended by any representative of the media. Teachers' unions are thus far following a "hands-off" policy toward the sunshine law. (DS)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Citizen Participation, Collective Bargaining, Conflict, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, News Media, News Reporting, State Legislation, Superintendents, Teacher Associations, Unions
Not available separately; see EA 008 380
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Educational Negotiators, Washington, DC.