After a mere THREE YEARS, the Willow Run teachers and the school district have a deal, we hope. Apparently the logjam was broken when the school board made some concessions. Huh, so much for the "last best offer" the board pronounced last summer. Suzanne Clark, MEA representative and chief negotiator for the Willow Run Educational Association had this to say:
"The board made some movement and offered some new proposals and the union met them half way,"
The proposal with all the details will be given to the entire WREA membership, all 160 of them, this upcoming Thursday.
Anybody wanna bet the planned "unity vote" results, where seven other local school districts in Washtenaw County had a small part to play in the new offer? Look we're happy as pigs in slop that the new deal was offered and we hope it's accepted if fair and we also realize other unions need to be taken care of in the district, but it certainly goes a long way to show bargaining tools like "Last Best Offer" are harmful to negotiations and in the end make those who say such things look awfully bad.