ERIC Number: ED193104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Negotiation: A Tool for Change [and] Principles of Whistleblowing.
Taylor, Steven; And Others
These two brief papers provide guidelines for consumers, parents, and advocates in the techniques of negotiation and whistleblowing ("speaking out against illegal, immoral, and otherwise wrong practices in human services, government, and other organizational settings"). Steps for preparing to negotiate with opposing groups involve proper timing of negotiation, obtaining backing of consumer groups, negotiating only with persons who have authority to make decisions, holding press conferences if the agency refuses to negotiate, and preparing strategies for negotiation. These strategies include controlling the session, presenting a united front with one spokeperson, understanding how people resist change, making a record of the meeting, and knowing what is or is not acceptable. The checklist for whistleblowers includes identifying issues carefully, reporting the problem to the immediate supervisor, speaking knowledgeably about the costs of inaction, identifying laws and regulations, developing private and public support, warning your family and friends that you may become the object of slander, knowing how much you are willing to compromise, and keeping a record of whistleblowing activities. Although intended for advocates of the disabled, the approaches are applicable for all negotiating and whistleblowing events. (Author/KC)
DD Rights Center of Mental Health Law Project, Center on Human Policy, 216 Ostrom Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210 ($0.70)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Human Development (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Developmental Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Center on Human Policy, Syracuse, NY.