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Published: Friday, May 30 2014 9:10 p.m. MDT

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John C. C.
Payson, UT

I'm pleased to see the teachers get any raise at all. That's nice. Too bad the Ogden School District no longer submits to regular negotiation.

Joyce Wilson
Ogden, UT

John C. C. - obviously you haven't been paying attention to Ogden as we participate in Interest Based Bargaining and our teachers did quite well this year. What's your issue?

John C. C.
Payson, UT

Thanks, Joyce. And sorry, readers. I have missed the news for over two years about Ogden School District's return to collective bargaining. I had been disturbed by their take-it or be fired contract imposed on them in 2011. I did hedge my comments by saying, "Ogden School District no longer submits to regular negotiation." Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) is an alternative endorsed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

I still have some concerns.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service lists "evidence of labor-management cooperation during the past contract term" as the number one component necessary for successful IBB. This was hardly the case in 2011.

Are you comfortable with the District's 15% teacher turnover rate and the district's use of The University of Virginia's School Turnaround Specialist Program? I get the impression that teachers are under the gun to perform, or else....

I fear teachers are shaking in their boots, hoping to transfer to Weber School District at the first opportunity.

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