Thursday, May 10, 2007

Taken from April Griffin's Blog, posted by anonymous:

April, I'll understand if you don't post this.
I was looking for a way to compel the union to give me a list of items that they submitted for Impact Bargaining, and I came across this Florida Statute:
407.605(2) The collective bargaining negotiations between a chief executive officer, or his or her representative, and a bargaining agent shall be in compliance with the provisions of s. 286.011

286.011 is the public meetings law, which includes the requirement that the meeting (in this case, negotiation session) be announced before it occurs and be open to the public, the same as board meetings are announced and open to the public.

I haven't found anything in the Contract that contradicts the open meeting requirement, but even if there was it would be void because Florida Statutes cannot be superceded by a contract.
The Teacher Contract is up for renegotiation. It might be a good idea for the Board to announce the dates and times of negotiations on the Board website.
Given the current climate I am amazed that no one has challenged the validity of the New Contract Language because it appears to have been negotiated in private, instead of in public.

May 9, 2007 11:33 PM

That includes teachers, support staff, and administration?
posted by April Griffin at 8:22 AM on May 5, 2007

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