The Douglas County Federation of Teachers (DCFT) and Douglas County School District are negotiating union contract terms behind closed doors!
The practice has been going on for years, but it's time to stop!
Such practices are not only archaic, but can become contentious including punitive actions, such as boycotts, strikes, or launching internal campaigns geared to lower morale and public opinion about the employer.
Negotiated union policies greatly impact how our tax dollars are spent and how our schools and classrooms function. In tight budget times, when we rightly demand greater accountability of our elected school board to make tough decisions, these decisions should be made in full view!
Closed-door negotiations do NOT benefit children, the community, or even teachers. It is time to end the secrecy of union and school district negotiations in Douglas County, in order to:
- Allow taxpayers to observe how elected officials invest their funds and manage union bargaining
- Invite parents to gain a firsthand and ongoing understanding of actions that affect the classrooms and their children
- Permit teachers to witness firsthand the effectiveness of their union representation, as their terms of employment are entrusted with these organizations
Therefore, I urge our elected school board and Douglas County Federation of Teachers to adopt a policy of open negotiations at the earliest possible opportunity.