Canyons educators approve 2014-15 teacher contract

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  • John C. C. Payson, UT
    June 2, 2014 9:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Joyce Wilson Ogden, UT
    June 1, 2014 7:11 a.m.

    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
    May 31, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    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.