Rip away the veil! Palo Alto Issues, posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Sep 19, 2009 at 3:44 pm Walter_E_Wallis is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
It is time to dump the farce of secret labor negotiations and conduct public business in public. "Is this your last best offer?" - "No, it is my next-to-last, pre-fallback offer."
Labor negotiations are not a card game nor a war, but an attempt to determine compensation agreeable to both sides. Threats, lines in the sand and other games have no place in the process. I don't want workers resentful for being saddled for four years with some gotcha chicken, nor do I enjoy boom time benefits burdening us in bust times.
Open covenants, openly arrived at. Sound familiar, democrats?
Posted by Darwin, a resident of another community, on Sep 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm
I can't help but agree with what you're saying for the most part. However, I think it would be better if the whole lot was simply thrown to an independant arbitrator at the very beginning. Have both sides flesh out their sides and then throw it to a tribunal. Done deal. It would save a lot of time and anguish.