ERIC Number: ED456496
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Collective Bargaining: Bringing Education to the Table. Analysis of 583 Michigan School Labor Contracts and Recommended Improvements To Help Teachers, Schools, and Students. A Mackinac Center Report.
Munk, La Rae G.
This paper reports on a study that systematically analyzes the hundreds of collective-bargaining agreements for school districts in the state of Michigan. It examines collective bargaining's impact on Michigan's public education and makes recommendations that school boards should incorporate into their union contracts to improve their ability to deliver quality education to students. Part I provides a background to collective bargaining in Michigan: its history, the laws that have shaped and are shaping it, especially Public Act 112 of 1994, and the challenges it presents to school board members, parents, taxpayers, teachers, and students. Recommendations to school boards on what to bargain and what not to bargain are also included. Part II analyzes collective-bargaining agreements, obtained using the Freedom of Information Act, from each of Michigan's 583 school districts, identifies 8 key provisions that commonly hinder the educational process, and makes recommendations on how school boards can best improve their ability to provide the best education. Part II also reviews seven court rulings on collective-bargaining agreement issues and advises school districts on how to avoid contract provisions that might expose them to costly legal and financial penalties resulting from employee lawsuits. Employees' workplace rights are also explained, while demonstrating the school district's role in protecting those rights. Appendixes include Health Care Options for School Districts, Select Data from 583 Michigan K-12 Collective Bargaining Agreements, and Michigan School Financial Data. (Contains 122 references.) (DFR)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Salaries, Student Improvement, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Student Ratio, Unions
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 140 West Main Street, P.O. Box 568, Midland, MI 48640. Tel: 517-631-0900; Fax: 517-631-0964. For full text: http://www.mackinac.org/791.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Donner (William H.) Foundation.
Authoring Institution: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Midland, MI.
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