2018 Negotiations / Interest Based Bargaining:
A NEW APPROACH
This year the Coeur d’Alene Education Association and District Administration are trying a new approach to contract negotiations called Interest Based Bargaining, or IBB for short. We are hoping this new approach will be more effective, efficient and positive for everyone involved. As part of this new process, we are beginning the discussions earlier, with a mutual goal to complete and approve a contract for the coming year by June 11.
The IBB strategy has been used successfully in other school districts in Idaho. It calls for both sides to begin by sharing their interests, rather than declaring their proposals, as was the traditional approach. The teams then work together to develop agreements that satisfy common interests and balance opposing interests. This also is known as integrative or win-win bargaining. To prepare, representatives of the Administration and CEA met in March to be trained in the IBB process and to outline the framework for negotiations this spring.
On Tuesday the teams met to discuss a Memorandum of Understanding on using the IBB process in negotiations; jointly select proposed priority issues to be negotiated this spring, and identify additional issues to explore in a collaborative process next school year. The teams also have agreed to issue joint updates, such as this one, following the conclusion of each meeting.
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.