Thanks for your advice GeorgeOconnor. I'm a big boy and know what to do. I'm sick of folks making statements with no proof or information. Parents should not be part of the negotiation team. I am not sure Urbanski HATED it. Did Adam say that? Weird you would know that. And I agree with you that parents and the people don't have enough power. The negotiating teams should be the RCSD and the RTA. Just as BENTE should not have parents negotiating their contract neither should RTA.
One more thing....I did some digging into the link and book you suggested. I happened to notice that the book could not have been written without the backing of The Broad Foundation. The Broad Foundation that produced such RCSD luminaries as Jean Claude Brizard. Oh my. Not only are they guilty of that but Eli Broad and his ilk are virulently anti-union especially teachers' unions. So, recommending that book as a "good resource" is like suggesting you read watch Leni Reifenstahl movies to learn about how compassionate the Nazi Third Reich was to its citizens. A great resource!
I'm still waiting for an answer to how the RTA contract "is notorious for it's power to obstruct change". Posting a link does not answer my question. It's very easy for some to throw out phrases that fail under scrutiny. Nor does saying, the Living Contract "results in an almost 24/7/365 state of bargaining" prove anything. Where is your proof? It appears to me and others that the Living Contract means that the parties can negotiate changes to the contract. If anything, it creates a flexibility not seen in a contract that cannot be amended nor changed until formal negotiations begin. And you're assuming (you know what happens when you assume) that the RTA teachers always get what they want. If we did we'd have smaller class sizes and more changes that would help students achieve. I only wish you'd been more thoughtful and been more forthcoming with some answers to our questions. And please, no links, I could bury you in links but it seems so impersonal and lazy.
Can you elaborate on how RTA has obstructed change? What concessions do you envision?
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