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Collective bargaining in public? Not all are in favor of open sessions

Governments across the state could soon take a step toward greater transparency depending on a state decision about open collective bargaining – the practice of allowing the public to be present for union-represented public employee contract negotiations.

Ruling paves way for open bargaining

By negotiating in private, the government is saying the public can’t be trusted. So it shouldn’t be surprised when the public responds in kind.

Gary Crooks: U.S. health care not a bargain

The reality is that patients in other countries are charged less for health care services and drugs across the board, because their governments make it so.

21 Idaho districts unilaterally set contracts for teachers

BOISE – At least 21 Idaho school districts are unilaterally imposing contract terms on teachers this week, after failing to reach agreement with local teachers unions – an option for districts under the state’s controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws. In the Lakeland School District in Kootenai County, 96 percent of members of the Lakeland Education Association voted “no” on the district’s last offer on salaries and benefits for the coming year. That offer, like the past four years, includes no base salary increase but some small thaws in the multiyear pay freeze.

Teacher talks fail in 21 Idaho school districts

At least 21 Idaho school districts are unilaterally imposing contract terms on teachers this week, after failing to reach agreement with local teachers unions - an option for districts under the state's controversial "Students Come First" school reform law.

Wisconsin holds recall more than a year in making

MADISON, Wis. — After a brief but bruising campaign that followed a more than yearlong fight over union rights and the state’s cash-strapped budget, voters in a narrowly divided Wisconsin began casting ballots today on whether to recall Gov. Scott Walker.