Transparent Negotiations

Board Approved Resolution 16-17: 05: Transparent Government Negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements in a Manner Open To The Public      

Resolution 16-17:05 was approved by the Pullman Public Schools board of directors on January 25, 2017.

In an effort to improve transparency in the negotiating and collective bargaining process, Resolution 16-17:05 will allow the public to observe but not participate in collective bargaining negotiations.

Opening the door during bargaining ensures an open, transparent negotiating process. All parties will be further held accountable to our public. All staff and our community can observe that we strive for a positive and collaborative process of bargaining.

A little background: The resolution was first presented by board member Dean Kinzer at the board’s December work session. It was further discussed by the board at the January 11, 2017 board meeting, approved at the January 25, 2017 board meeting.

What does this mean?

  • Bargaining will become a fully transparent process to all staff and to our community.
  • During bargaining meetings, the door will remain open and guests will be allowed to observe negotiations on the periphery of the room.
  • Guests will NOT be allowed to participate in any manner or ask questions.
  • Bargaining groups will still have the right to private meetings discussing responses to proposals, tactics, goals, and methods.

If you have questions about the resolution or what this means for you or your bargaining group, please let us know. We are looking forward to continued collaborative work with all of our bargaining groups!

Bob Maxwell
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