I'm pleased to see the teachers get any raise at all. That's nice.
Too bad the Ogden School District no longer submits to regular negotiation.
John C. C. - obviously you haven't been paying attention to Ogden as we
participate in Interest Based Bargaining and our teachers did quite well this
year. What's your issue?
Thanks, Joyce. And sorry, readers. I have missed the news for over two years
about Ogden School District's return to collective bargaining. I had been
disturbed by their take-it or be fired contract imposed on them in 2011. I did
hedge my comments by saying, "Ogden School District no longer submits to
regular negotiation." Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) is an alternative
endorsed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. I still
have some concerns.The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
lists "evidence of labor-management cooperation during the past contract
term" as the number one component necessary for successful IBB. This was
hardly the case in 2011.Are you comfortable with the District's
15% teacher turnover rate and the district's use of The University of
Virginia's School Turnaround Specialist Program? I get the impression that
teachers are under the gun to perform, or else....I fear teachers
are shaking in their boots, hoping to transfer to Weber School District at the