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August 2, 2011

n Tough Times, How Will NEA Handle Collective Bargaining as an Employer?

Mike Antonucci:

The teachers' unions believe that dealing with tight budgets in a faltering economy requires close coordination and collaboration with employees through the collective bargaining process. That belief will be put to the test over the next couple of months as more than half of NEA's state affiliates will bargain new contracts with their own employees.

Several affiliates have already instituted wage and hiring freezes as well as reductions in force in order to balance budgets short on revenue due to membership losses. But as EIA has reported in the past, the union's employees, represented by staff unions, are no more likely to meekly accept layoffs and benefit cuts than are NEA affiliates when school districts try the same measures.

The professional staff of the Ohio Education Association went on strike for 10 days last September. Such jobs actions are embarrassing for the union, but two or more such strikes at the same time in different states would be sure to garner national attention and cause NEA significant public relations harm.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at August 2, 2011 1:29 AM
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