Interest Based Bargaining:
A NEW APPROACH
In 2018 the Coeur d’Alene Education Association and District Administration adopted a new approach to contract negotiations called Interest Based Bargaining, or IBB for short. This idea behind this new approach is to be more effective, efficient and collaborative in contract negotiations. Both teams have agreed to continue using IBB in 2019.
The IBB strategy calls for both sides to begin by sharing their interests, rather than declaring their proposals. The teams work together to develop agreements that satisfy common interests and balance opposing interests. This also is known as integrative or win-win bargaining. Representatives of the administration and CEA are trained in the IBB process and work together to outline the framework for negotiations in the spring. The aim is to jointly select proposed priority issues to be negotiated.
A companion process called Collaboration and Problem Solving Sessions, or CAPSS, is being used during the school year. This process is intended to address priorities, problems and concerns that might become contract-related. The CEA and administration meet monthly from October to April to discuss these issues. For the 2018-19 school year, CAPSS topics are:
- Work done outside of contract time
- Building and classroom budgets
- Class size (overcrowding) and caseloads
- Attracting and retaining classified staff
CEA TEAM LEADERS
Bruce Twitchell & Scott Traverse
DISTRICT TEAM LEADERS
Casey Morrisroe & Trina Caudle
Both parties have agreed to use IBB trainer Blas Tellaria to facilitate these sessions. He will be there to deepen the parties’ understanding of the use of IBB techniques in the negotiations process.
This process is open to the public.
We encourage you to watch this informational staff video on Interest Based Bargaining and the CAPSS process this year, featuring Trina Caudle, Bruce Twitchell and Scott Traverse (with a special appearance by Dr. Cook). It is just over 10 minutes long.