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ESP contract negotiations

There are a few parts to the negotiations – I am told they are not all public (I guess you can’t be trusted with that information).

Firstly, we have the actual negotiations between the school committee (or sub committee) and the NEA.  No notes are taken of these meetings and they are not open to the public.  For the record, I do not vote to have closed meetings.

Secondly, are the caucus meeting notes. During negotiations, the groups break to discuss – these meetings do have minutes but those are sealed.  I know I have not voted to seal minutes, but I am told this is the practice – or was voted on by the majority.

Lastly, are the executive session minutes when we discussed the negotiations with the full committee.  Those became public two weeks after the contract was ratified.  Those minutes are posted below.  (for those of you on the committee or administration – if I have any of the descriptions, terms or anything else wrong here – please correct me)

















  1. […] ESP contract negotiations online Filed under: 1 — Bill Felkner @ 10:12 pm Not all of the negotiation information is available – I have posted what is on the right column – “ESP contract negotiations“ […]

    Pingback by ESP contract negotiations online « Chariho School Parents’ Forum — February 6, 2008 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

  2. The September 29th minutes imply that Mr. Polouski, as the subcommittee chair, shared information with the union. Other than noting that Ms. Jennings made the accusation and Mr. Polouski stepped down as chair, no details are given. Why weren’t Mr. Polouski’s “comments” included in the minutes? Did he give the union information that hurt the bargaining position of Chariho?

    I’m glad these minutes are posted. If anyone doubted it, the minutes provide more evidence that Mr. Felkner watches out for the interests of the community. Mr. Petit also seemed a little more determined not to give into the union demands, although he was his typical wishy-washy self. The rest of the committee were cowering in fear every time the union said boo.

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 6, 2008 @ 11:19 pm | Reply

  3. Do sealed minutes become available at some point? If so, when?

    As the contract negotiations wound down, I found Mr. Polouski’s stated desire to keep the cost of the third year confidential quite telling. The old fool thinks the public shouldn’t be told how much the School Committee’s inability to negotiate and hold firm is costing taxpayers.

    I am amused about all the fuss about Unfair Labor Practices. Why was the union putting out flyers and public information while Chariho’s School Committee was afraid to say a peep to the bill paying public? Instead of worrying about committee behavior, the smart move would have been to inundate the Dept. of Labor with a few dozen charges against the union. Unfortunately, the School Committee was too busy shaking in their boots and were unable to give as good as they got.

    In the end the union prevailed. We sent children to do a job meant for adults.

    Comment by Curious Resident — February 6, 2008 @ 11:49 pm | Reply

  4. The best person to ask your question about sealed minutes becoming available is your Town Solicitor. As far as I know, only the School Committee would be able unseal the minutes. I’m not even sure if the Attorney General or the courts has any say in unsealing the minutes. Perhaps by court order the School Committee would have to unseal them but I’m not sure about that.

    Comment by CharihoParent — February 8, 2008 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

  5. […] of. You were not at all of the contract negotiation meetings. Do you know how many times I was outvoted on the contact sub committee? How I was responsible for developing the merit pay proposal and asked […]

    Pingback by Bob and Bill - who is fighting for whom (and who is “fighting hard enough”) « Chariho School Parents’ Forum — July 19, 2008 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

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