ERIC Number: ED277111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Incentive Pay and Collective Bargaining in Public Education.
Lipsky, David B.; Conley, Sharon C.
Recent proposals to implement teacher incentive pay or merit pay plans have failed to recognize that in most states such plans must be negotiated and administered through collective bargaining at the local district level. The traditional collective bargaining process makes major changes difficult to enact; both sides must bluff, threaten, and make concessions, and neither side is likely to obtain enactment of new policy without complete commitment and a willingness to abandon other demands. To develop a workably designed incentive pay plan with some chance of acceptance, district and union representatives should work together as joint committees; but organizing such committees satisfactorily takes a great deal of effort in its own right. Implementing incentive pay plans may be easier if the plan adopted is identified as experimental and if means are readily available for responding to any grievances arising from the plan's administration. Although collective bargaining practices may make implementation of such measures as incentive pay plans difficult, the process can also help ensure that any plan finally adopted will more likely be equitable, workable, appropriate to local conditions, and acceptable to teachers as a means of making the schools more productive. (PGD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).