DB Response – LG – HR

Please provide a brief response. It is meant to add to the conversation.

Were they the same?

Having minimal knowledge of unions and collective bargaining agreements, right now I am uncertain as to whether I would be interested in working in a union environment. Although I am currently employed with a school district, I am not sure my position as a paraprofessional is included in a union. I am honestly not even sure if my district participates. I would need to find out more about the logistics of my district to provide an honest opinion about working in, supporting, or removing a union from my working environment. In terms of being a leader, I would want members of a union to have confidence in the ability of the employer and employees to create the best agreement possible, to make sure they are taken care of and treated fairly. On the other hand, I would also have to make sure the terms of the agreement is a win/win situation because it requires both parties to search for solutions that can be embraced by both sides (Seyfarth, J., 2008). This type of agreement could build rapport and trust between the parties.

What challenges did you discover?

Some challenges of collective bargaining include a decline in tenured employees, requiring school to rely on part-time faculty, and the use of technology within the district. The unwillingness of either party to concede on certain items could lead to an impasse, which is the break down of trust and outside intervention may be necessary (Seyfarth, J., 2008). But the breakdown in communication is not necessarily a bad thing, as it could because now it allows for the use of other collective bargaining methods. It creates the opportunity to collect more information from the parties and find out what is causing the empasse.

How did your viewpoints differ from those of classmates?


In what direction do you think the collective bargaining approach is moving from the standpoint of the profession in which you work? What makes you think that?

Collective bargaining and unions have made great strives over the past 40 years and have been the basis for some monumental cases in some states. This proves that they can be beneficial to teachers, and possibly benefit student success. The research on collective bargaining is lacking in education as it was initially geared to work in industrial situations. There are large gaps in between studies being conducted on the topic and I believe it skews the information as far as the percentages for union members. A better understanding of how bargaining shapes day to day operation and organization of schools may constitute a real payoff to research the future bargaining (Carina, R.M., 2008). I believe that collective bargaining will slowly begin to breakdown as we progress.

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