Chariho School Parents’ Forum

August 15, 2008

Chalk one up for the black hats

Filed under: contract negotiations — Editor @ 9:13 pm

If you would like to see the powers of the unions, look no farther than the neutering of this reform proposal.

Governor Carcieri tried to increase transparency in the contract negotiation process via an amendment in the budget.  See if you can guess what line was changed from the original proposal (ok, I made it easy by bolding). 



SECTION 1. Chapter 16-2 of the General Laws entitled “School Committees and Superintendents” is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:

16-2-21.6. Collective bargaining fiscal impact statements. – (a) Prior to executing any collective bargaining agreement between a school committee and representatives of teachers and/or other school employees, the school committee shall prepare or cause to be prepared a collective bargaining fiscal impact statement. These statements shall set forth, in dollar amounts, estimates of the fiscal impact, during the term of the proposed agreement. No comment or opinion relative to the merits of the terms of the contract shall be included, except that technical or mechanical errors or defects may be noted.

(b) The fiscal impact statement and the awarded contract shall be publicized and shall be made immediately available upon ratification of the contract.

So we ask for the contract and it’s impact BEFORE the deal is signed so we can have input – but they union bought legislature said “no”.  The only reform is the fiscal impact statatement – one without description (open to inerpretation) and only available AFTER they sign the deal.  And for their information, the contract is already a public document – we didn’t need this reg to make it available. 

I wonder if the Chariho school committee will pull the same trick or will they make the process open – open negotiations would be great but I have no confidence that they would stand up against the unions for that.  I’m just hoping they have the courage to tell the public about the deal before its signed (if you recall, they overwhelmingly voted against releasing the contract last year).  Wouldn’t it be nice if just once the school committee represented the taxpayers.


1 Comment »

  1. As long as the school commitee is directly involved in contract negotiations I seriously doubt we, the taxpayers, will get the information before the ratification of any contract.

    Comment by CharihoParent — August 16, 2008 @ 7:09 am | Reply

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