Re: "JEA hopes mediation will be more collaborative."Unlikely.What this trade union is actually hoping for is more
money, better benefits, and less work -- just like EVERY trade union.This article is an admission JEA is using well-known union strongarm tactics.
It shows how out of touch JEA union bosses are with reality and real people."Collaborative" and "interest-based" bargaining are
recognized trade-union buzzwords for the use of chicanery and intimidation by
trained, experienced, sharp-elbowed union negotiators on management officials
who are inexperienced in labor negotiations and are less likely to see through
union obfuscation and address the real issues.The district is wise
to conduct its negotiations through an experienced broker that understands
dangerous and disingenuous union tactics.
@procura: Your comments make it sound like the JEA is comprised of a bunch of
strong armed goons who hang out down at the corner bar after work pounding down
the cold beverages looking for a fight with anyone. Teacher associations in Utah
have more female members than men since we have many more female teachers than
male. With that said, female teachers in Utah (at least at the
schools I have worked at) love kids. They like making a difference in the lives
of their students. What is wrong with asking for a reduction in class size so
that that student that needs a little more attention might get it, rather than
fighting for it with 30+ other students? What is wrong with asking for
additional dollars for classroom supplies? I don't know what
the sticking points are in the negotiation process. I do know that based on my
27 years of experience in education that the old and the new JSD have rarely had
calm negotiations. Granite SD, with it's teachers, has rarely had a
contentious negotiation. Trying to find common ground that is fiscally
responsible for all parties is the key.
Ignore procura, that axe has a lot of grinding to go....That being
said, I wish I could go in and negotiate my own contract. The local chapter of
the UEA that negotiates for me (I don't have a choice and I'm not a
member of the UEA), is constantly making moves that are bad for me. They
negotiate away what little health benefits we have left. The district post
employment retirement benefits are pretty much gone. They negotiate to make my
middle school class sizes bigger so that the high school teachers can have two
prep periods whereas I only get one (that is all I need). They negotiate to
take away my paid days before school starts so someone at the district office
can keep their cushy job.Let me negotiate my own contract!
Re: "Ignore procura . . . ."If you like.But be
sure and read Utah Teacher's post. It makes every one of my points.
Utah Teacher, you say you are not a member, maybe you should join and then you
would have a voice in what they association does. Sitting on the outside and
casting stones, rarely is useful. Get in and trying working for some change.
Pray tell, what strong arm tactics are being employed by JEA? All
they are asking to do is to sit down and collaborate with the district instead
of working through an outside attorney. An attorney with no educational
background at that.