Some negotiations are settled peacefully and uneventfully by enlightened boards of education who value their employees.Of course, OEA defines “enlightened boards of education” as the ones who give OEA whatever it demands.
And then there are those boards of education whose modus operandi is to constantly be power-hungry, contentious, self-serving and extremely short sighted.Am I the only one who thinks “self-serving” is an odd way to describe public officials who look out for the public?
Still, OEA staff are probably just mimicking the combative tone passed down from union bosses…
OEA talks a good game with its members — giving the impression that true collective bargaining is moving merrily along and that true progress is being made at the negotiations table. But actions speak louder than words, and the truth is that the OEA is acting every bit as bad as the worst boards of education across the state for whom its own members work. And the saddest part of all is that OEA’s attitude is about power — not about progress, fairness, the financial future of the organization, or any other factor upon which OEA’s conduct should be based.Like so many quotes from OEA staff, “OEA is acting every bit as bad as the worst boards of education” is a criticism we can process one of two ways:
- Unions will be unions – to get their hands on more dues cash, OEA staff say things they don’t mean.
- OEA bosses demonize public officials while behaving the same way, if not worse.
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Cross-posted at that hero.