Leading states define government labor-management negotiations as public meetings
A recent epidemic of sexual-misconduct revelations has the Clark County School District scrambling to draft new policies.
The new rules are intended to better govern communications between district employees and students, especially with regards to social media and texting.
While more explicit district standards in this area may be helpful, alone this simply won’t be enough. What makes such misconduct possible in the first place is that the teacher union systematically prioritizes the job security of its members over the safety and security of students.
This shows up most clearly in the lack of public transparency within the collective bargaining process — the process through which the government and its organized workers negotiate for a new contract.
Behind closed doors, it’s all too easy for the representatives of government and of government unions to form a common front against the public — whether it’s the taxpaying public or, as in this case, the youth and families the district was established to serve.
Take for example Article 12, Section 10 of the current collective bargaining agreement between CCSD and the CCEA teacher union.
Often dubbed the “pass the trash” clause, it reads: