September
24th 2012
Adams 12 Teachers Applaud Union Bargaining Transparency: Coming Soon?

Posted under PPC & School Board & School Finance & Suburban Schools & Teachers

Talk about picking up where I left off. On Wednesday I shared the story of Adams 12 taxpayer Joseph Hein, from his daughter’s difficult confrontation with a schoolhouse bully to his own experience having to be escorted for his own protection away from union bullies at a school board meeting. At the end of last week’s post I noted:

Now he and other district residents have begun pushing for district-union negotiations to be open and transparent, so taxpayers and teachers can see what’s being negotiated, to be informed and act accordingly.

Well, that very night Mr. Hein made just such a case in his public comment to the Adams 12 school board:

To his credit, he calmly and confidently requested that the school board and the union agree to release the records of prior bargaining sessions and to hold future sessions in public view.

According to Article 4.1.7 of the collective bargaining agreement between Adams 12 Board of Education and the District Twelve Educators Association (DTEA), “both parties” must mutually agree to introduce that kind of transparency. Based on the applause Hein received from numerous teachers in the audience — quite a contrast to his reception at the previous meeting — it sure looks like there may be interest from both sides.

Interestingly, the Adams 12 human resources director was quoted in my Education Policy Center friend Ben DeGrow’s 2010 report on the topic, saying that citizens’ “limited understanding” of the process might lead open negotiations to break down into “political grandstanding.”

But that’s not what happened when open negotiations was adopted earlier this year in Douglas County. In a somewhat similar scenario, a concerned parent led the charge for union negotiation transparency. The Douglas County Federation quickly embraced open negotiations.

Given the vocal support from some District 12 teachers at last Wednesday’s Board meeting, might we expect DTEA and its Colorado Education Association state officials to follow the example and embrace the sunshine there, too?

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6 Responses to “Adams 12 Teachers Applaud Union Bargaining Transparency: Coming Soon?”

  1. CO Teacher Union Officials Disrupt Proceedings on 10 Oct 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    [...] union bullying. At the Sept. 19 meeting, a much smaller crowd of teachers applauded his calls to open bargaining negotiation sessions and records to public view. Hein may have called union leaders’ bluff, as the extra sunshine would put some union claims [...]

  2. Ed is Watching » Transparency and a Collaborative Mirage: A Tale of Three Colorado School Districts on 20 Feb 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    [...] Meanwhile, the union seeks to send a strong message to school boards across Colorado that they had better not mess in the least with PERA. The message the board should be getting instead is the one Adams 12 parent Joseph Hein — one of those who earlier had to be escorted out of a board meeting for his own protection — delivered: Please open up future negotiating sessions to public view. [...]

  3. Ed is Watching » Open Window on Bargaining: As Thompson Moves Ahead, Teachers Express Support on 07 Mar 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    [...] teachers also like the idea reaffirms the positive response one Adams 12 taxpayer received when he proposed the idea to his local school board. Wouldn’t it be nice for Adams 12 to be next on the [...]

  4. Adams 12 School Board Steps into the Light, Calls Union Leaders’ Bluff | Education Policy Center on 12 Apr 2013 at 9:09 am #

    [...] protection from the union mob, local parent Joe Hein returned to the podium and calmly requested that the board open future union bargaining sessions to public view. This time, a number of teachers in the audience applauded his [...]

  5. Colorado Peak Politics - Adams 12 School Board Steps into the Light, Calls Union Leaders’ Bluff on 12 Apr 2013 at 10:09 am #

    [...] protection from the union mob, local parent Joe Hein returned to the podium and calmly requested that the board open future union bargaining sessions to public view. This time, a number of teachers in the audience applauded his [...]

  6. Ed is Watching » Adams 12 Negotiations Reconsider Tax-Funded Teachers Union Release Time on 25 Apr 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    [...] year at a school board meeting, teachers applauded a concerned taxpayer who proposed the idea of collective bargaining transparency two weeks after a tense showdown [...]

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