Colorado Opens Government School Collective Bargaining to Public—Why Not California?

The public is sick and tired of the corruption of union owned school districts. In Wisconsin the voters beat back a Recall of the Governor. His crime was freeing teachers from having to pay bribes to work in the classroom. Michigan now is a Free To Work State (no bribes need be paid). Indiana is now a Free to Work State. Every chance folks have that want transparency and openness they take. One way is to allow the public to view the collective bargaining process. Why is that important?

Because most school boards have a majority, or all, of members that unions paid for, provided “volunteers” and made sure the sycophant PTA claimed parents liked the unions running the schools. On November 4th 72% of Coloradans voted to open the process and watch how their money is spent and why their children are in the hands of unionists, not educators. Is it time for California to do the same?

“Opponents to Proposition 104 long maintained that the type of transparency mandated by the measure would severely hamper their ability to work effectively, creating administrative logjams, unfair peeks into collective bargaining strategy and — perhaps most importantly — taking control out of the hands of local districts. They have said that local schools don’t need one more Denver-driven mandate, a common complaint of small or rural districts

No, the unions wanted the corruption hid from the public.

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Prop. 104 school board transparency measure only ballot measure to pass

Ingrid Muller, Colorado Independent, 11/4/14
Government transparency is a popular rallying cry these days, fueled by a growing distrust of political leadership and bureaucratic smoke screens.

So it would seem a logical goal for any organization — unless you’re a member of a Colorado school board or a teachers’ union. Then it becomes an intrusion, threatening negotiating strategy and local control.

In the case of Proposition 104, transparency won the day, with the measure passing by a margin of 72%-28%, with 78% of precincts reporting, thus “opening the doors and letting the sunshine in,” a favorite phrase of the measure’s chief proponent Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute.

“I’m thrilled to win,” Caldara said after his victory tonight. “I think 104 won because, for most Coloradans, it was a no-brainer. The real shame is that we had to go the ballot to do this when the state legislature could have made this change on their own and they had four opportunities to do it over the past decade.”

“You want to know what a bad, bad night is for a liberal?” Caldara added. “When the only ballot initiative that wins in Caldara’s.”

Opponents to Proposition 104 long maintained that the type of transparency mandated by the measure would severely hamper their ability to work effectively, creating administrative logjams, unfair peeks into collective bargaining strategy and — perhaps most importantly — taking control out of the hands of local districts. They have said that local schools don’t need one more Denver-driven mandate, a common complaint of small or rural districts

Like other initiatives on the ballot this year, language means everything. Opponents called 104’s wording overly broad, maintaining that using the word “discussions” instead of “negotiations” would turn simple hallway conversations between teachers and administrators into media events requiring press releases and unnecessary meetings.

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Comments

  1. Because we are a State of loser progressive, leftist Democrats which eventually ruin everything they touch and then blame someone else for doing it. They don’t call it the Nanny State for nothing. Come one come all and you don’t even have to be legal to tap into EBT, Section 8, free education, free medical (no don’t bother with Obamacare no one takes it), 2 free square meals a day via public education for your children, free everything actually at the tax payer’s expense. The best thing about California is leaving it.

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