Say No to Binding Arbitration of School Contracts

Rhode Island's labor-loving legislators could return this fall to really throw a real destructive monkey wrench into local cities and towns' abilities to control teacher salary and benefits costs - the highest percentage of dollars spent in school districts across our state already. It's called binding arbitration...
Yes, there is a bill afoot up on Smith Hill to force binding arbitration for salary and benefits for teachers. Historically in RI, binding arbitration has had authority over everything else in collective bargaining except salary and benefits. Once an arbitrator rules in mandatory binding arbitration, both sides - labor and management - have to abide by the decision. Unions always wanted freedom to negotiate pay and benefits issues within the collective bargaining process so they kept binding arbitration outside the arbitration process. And why not? They usually negotiated and secured generous pay raises, COLA adjustments and benefits on their own without the need for an arbitrator. But these days with money so tight and pressure on pay and benefits a major issue, unions would sooner throw their pay hat into an arbitrator's ring. Why? Because, again historically, arbitrators tend to favor unions in their decisions. Binding arbitration on teacher salaries and benefits would be a disaster for RI. Your thoughts on this?


  1. Concerned citizens, organizations, associations, business leaders, anyone who does not want to see costs skyrocket, right of elected officials stripped, voters rights stripped of control of local budgets: Make your voices heard on October 14th when the House reconvenes.
    Please contact lblais24@aol.com for a sample statement of opposition to binding arbitration and extended contracts. Join a group collaborative to present written opposition to the legislators. Join us for a press conference making our position known.
    Please contact me. Do not sit idly by and let this happen!

  2. you really have no idea what you are talking about, do you?

    By the way, Lisa Blais? The same one who is involved in the East Providence case? Hmmmmmmmmm

  3. Cincinnatus (Google)September 2, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Look what happened in CT when the state allowed binding arbitration on pay matters - costs went up enormously. CT is now trying to undue this. The fact is, unions like using arbitrators. Giving up more management rights to unions or to their agents is detrimental to the public, plain and simple.


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