ERIC Number: ED355644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Site-Based Management in a Collective Bargaining Environment: Can We Mix Oil and Water?
Site-based management has become a popular school reform strategy. However, conflicts can arise when school districts with collective bargaining try to implement site-based management. Site-based management depends on collaboration and cooperation among educators, both of which conflict with collective bargaining's adversarial nature. There is little evidence that site-based management has improved divisive labor-management relationships, particularly in cities. While collective bargaining clearly delineates the responsibilities of management and labor, site-based management involves teachers in decision making. Site-based management's encouragement of diversity also contrasts with collective bargaining's emphasis on uniformity. Introducing site-based management into a collective-bargaining environment can cause several problems. The adversarial grievance process of collective bargaining hinders collegial problem-solving and shared decision-making. Too often, site-based management is implemented without working with nonteaching employee unions. Also, including teachers in staffing decisions runs counter to collective bargaining's seniority-based transfer rules. Contract renewal time also creates tension inconsistent with site-based management. In conclusion, school districts that adopt site-based management must consider the entire relationship between the district and its unions. Twenty-one endnotes are included. (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Education Law Seminar of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education (Breckenridge, CO, February 28-March 3, 1992).