Will This set a trend in BOE Union Negotiations?

According to today’s, September 2, 2009, New London DAY the Stonington Board of Education (BOE) negotiating team will make public its initial offer to the union and then it will make public its offer to the union when the negotiations go into mediation and then into arbitration (which occurs in almost all negotiations). In the past, all negotiations with the unions have been kept behind closed doors and the public does not find out about them until the contracts are approved. Will this tactic set a trend for future union negotiations in other towns or will the “door remain shut” during other contract negotiations? Is this even a wise tactic for the Stonington BOE team to take?

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2 responses to “Will This set a trend in BOE Union Negotiations?

  1. We can only hope this type of transparency becomes more prevalent. With the demise of the local news reporter, how else are we to keep tabs on our public officials?

  2. This is most definitely a wise tactic for the Stonington Board of Education to take. There is no reason for the negotiations to be behind closed doors. Many boards and commissions put too many items in executive session that really shouldn’t be. Contract negotiations with teachers definitely don’t belong in secret.

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