Paiva Weed stands by binding arbitration bill
The controversial binding arbitration bill that failed to attract a House vote during the end of the legislative session in June seems to have lost momentum, in part due to a lack of support from Speaker Gordon Fox. But Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed maintains that bill is a worthy measure to foster good faith bargaining between school committees and teachers unions.
In perhaps her most detailed public comments about the bill since the end of the session, Paiva Weed defended it during a taping today of WRNI’s Political Roundtable:
It was introduced as a type of dispute-resolution that is needed for a couple of reasons — to save the cities and town costs, to prevent strikes, and it is in the best interests of children. After what happened in East Providence, it became abundantly clear that we need to revisit dispute resolution in the area of education, and in particular what has got lost in the translation is that the form of dispute resolution which we passed was not the orginal form of the legislation.
This legislation, in fact, is very different from public safety binding arbitration. This provides rather than a neutral arbitrator, it provides for a judge, and it’s final last best offer. It is very important with the number of contracts that are expiring that in fact we as a state look at this issue to save our communities costs and keep our teachers in the classroom.
Maureen Moakley, and Ted Nesi, filling in for the vacationing Scott MacKay, joined me on the panel as we also discussed Central Falls, civil unions, Stephen Iannazzi, and other topics. Political Roundtable will be broadcast Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 during WRNI’s Morning Edition.