Thursday, August 9, 2012

NFT Creates "Toxic Atmosphere"

Meeting # 46, Neshaminy Contract Negotiations Update

The meeting began at 6:35pm.

The negotiation session went as expected. The NFT had no intention of negotiating in good faith, instead putting all their hope in a Bucks County judge to negotiate for them.

At the negotiating table, NFT Lead Negotiator, Tom Jennings, continued to create a toxic atmosphere that was not conducive to productive negotiations.  It is the Board's position that videotaping of the sessions would produce some results and eliminate the hostile atmosphere.

Before the meeting ended, the NFT requested updated employee numbers since we have layed off some certified staff and cut programs.  The NFT apparently feels entitled to any savings as a result of staff attrition.

We are disturbed by the NFT's lack of commitment to these negotiation sessions.  The Board already agreed to reschedule yesterday's meeting to today at the request of Mr. Jennings.  Tonight he requested for the second time to move a scheduled meeting, this time from August 15th to August 16th.  When asked for a reason why the change was needed, Mr. Jennings refused to answer.   It was only due to the strong encouragement of the Mediator that the Board agreed to accommodate this second request.

The next meeting will be held next Thursday, August 16, 2012.