AD73: Critics Mislead About Anna Bryson and Training of Bargainers
(This is the 13th in a series of blog posts “Setting the Record Straight on Anna Bryson”)
By Art Sanchez, Campaign Manager, Anna Bryson for State Assembly 2014
The Brough camp has nothing good to say about training labor and management negotiators to bargain in a way that focuses on the explicit interests of each side. Brough-blogger Aaron Park claims (5/2/14) that Anna “voted to spend millions” on training union negotiators. (It wasn’t “millions,” but rather thousands. But Park has never let the facts get in the way of hyping-up a tale.)
Anna indeed took the lead in ensuring that there was money provided (as required by contract) for training administrative officials from Capistrano Unified district-management and their counterparts from a union (CSEA) that represents non-teaching staff. The training is in how to interact constructively during labor negotiations. The labor-relations consultants (Barber & Gonzales) have been used by Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, and Southern Pacific. In Corona-Norco Unified school district, working with these consultants, has saved an annual figure of over $1 million.
Contrary to claims made by Brough-supporter Craig Alexander (10/20/13) in the course of an attack on Anna, Capistrano management representatives receive the same training at the same time as union negotiators do. Here’s how the conservative “Mission Viejo Watchdogs” website described (5/26/12) the plan: “The district will provide formal interest-based bargaining training for District and CSEA leadership for the facilitation of the negotiations process.”
Costs are shared between the union and the district, with the union picking up support costs.
Training was at Capistrano district headquarters, not (as inaccurately claimed by Craig Alexander) during an off-site “junket.”
Here’s what Joseph M. Farley, then-Superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District, says:
“Section 22.3 of the collective bargaining agreement between the District and the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Capistrano Chapter 224, has included the following reference to specialized negotiation strategies since approximately 2006:
“’The District and the Association are committed to Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB). These techniques have proven to be beneficial to opening lines of communication, sharing information, and building trust. Both sides believe the IBB process has improved our relationship and produces a better collective bargaining agreement.’
“Training has been provided to management and CSEA negotiation team members to implement this contract provision.”
Alexander and Park should get their facts right. Both should also consider if it is wise to dismiss a training process that has worked well for other school districts, as well as for companies like Apple and Hewlett Packard.
- CUSD Superintendent Joseph Farley’s response to public information request:
- Labor-relations consultants (Barber& Gonzales): http://www.barberandgonzales.com/about.html
- CUSD union for classified employees (non-teaching staff): California School Employees Association (CSEA), Capistrano Chapter 224: http://members.csea.com/memberhome/chapter224/ChapterHome/tabid/7197/Default.aspx
- “Mission Viejo Watchdogs” article (5/26/12) acknowledging that training is of negotiators from both sides (union and management): http://www.missionviejoca.org/html/entireissue17.html
My previous post on this matter: http://ocpoliticsblog.com/2013/11/07/sanchez-says-that-73rd-a-d-candidate-bryson-has-stood-up-to-the-unions/