Is TPS setting us up for a poor deal and more in the future?

There is a phrase that I have heard tossed around by a few candidates last year and repeated today, which I wonder why it is ever said:

"When you bargain collectively, particularly in Ohio, you give and take," Mr. Ford said.

"And nobody walks away from the table with everything they wanted and hopefully nobody walks away that lost everything that they were trying to gain in the first place."

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080524/NEWS04/80...

This was said in the Blade, but it was repeated by Sobecki, Ford, Brown, and Mossley last year on multiple occasions, almost like they were talking points. I may have heard it from others, but don't you think that is odd they are saying it? It is almost like they are saying "we know it is a bad deal, but we don't ever get everything that we want."

What did the "we" as a community get from this deal? This was never mentioned in the article. Well we are probably going to get stuck with a larger bill in the near future. Is that the benefit we get from this? I would love to know.

Maybe I am not paying attention, but when I hear businesses negotiating, I never hear that phrase from them. When I go to the car dealer and negotiate a deal, I never walk away from the table feeling like I did not get what I want.

Maybe we need more board members who will walk away from the table and with a benefit that the community can be proud of, not more rules, pencil pushers, and a bigger tax bill. What do you think? Do you think this is odd?

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You are right Chris. And just what did we get in return for the give. As soon as the contract is ratified, I will ask for all the changes in the contract language through an open records request. When I get the information, I will post it. Then all of us can see where the give and take was.

My guess is that TPS gave and the TFT took. I'll go further and speculate that the needed changes were never, ever placed on the table for negotiation.

While I'm at it, I wonder how much additional income accrued to the Steel and Foley households? Both Board President Steel and Superintendent Foley have wives that are TPS teachers. I find it interesting that according to Ohio ethics' laws Steel can vote on the contract and Foley can be involved in the negotiations process and determine negotiations strategy. It is just amazing what is allowed since to most of us this is an obvious conflict of interest that raises the question of whether they can bargain in the best interests of the citizens of Toledo.

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