At an event to celebrate labor-management collaboration and resulting education reforms in Hillsborough County, Fla., U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, and Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association, announced plans to convene a national education reform conference on labor-management collaboration early next year to highlight examples of progressive collective bargaining agreements across the country and promote opportunities for management and labor to forge reforms at the state and district level.
"In dozens of districts around the country -- from Tampa to Pittsburgh to Denver -- union leaders and administrators are moving beyond the battles of the past and finding new ways to work together to focus on student success," Secretary Duncan said. "These districts show us what is possible when adults come together, particularly in tough times, to do the right thing for kids. We need to learn from these successful collaborative efforts and build upon them across the country."
The conference will include the participation of national, state, and local union leadership as well as school superintendants and school boards from across the country. Additional details to come. The call for a national conference on labor-management collaboration comes on the heels of several progressive labor-management agreements across the country.
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