ERIC Number: ED158439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-19
Reference Count: 0
The Principal's Role in Collective Bargaining.
Neill, John F.
A principal's level of involvement in collective bargaining can range from being a member of the negotiating team to merely being the recipient of the signed negotiated contract. This paper considers four possible roles for principals: (1) as a member of the negotiating team, (2) as part of a steering committee working with the negotiating team, (3) as a member of a council that is informed of but does not participate in collective bargaining matters, (4) as an advisor with only occasional input into the process. Being a member of a negotiating team gives principals the greatest opportunity to influence school district policy. Yet principals who are negotiators may experience conflicts of interest, since on some issues, their interests are those of management and, on others, those of teachers. Also, principals may suffer from the bitter feelings teachers sometimes direct at members of negotiating teams. As members of steering committees working with negotiating teams, principals stay well informed of negotiations activities but are less inclined to develop conflicts with teachers. The most common roles for principals in collective bargaining are the last two--either receivers of periodic information about negotiations processes or advisors who are surveyed only before bargaining begins. Either condition sometimes prompts principals to consider forming their own collective bargaining units. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978); Not available in paper copy due to broken print of original document