Privatization and Union Pressure

An important facet of privatization that was shared by numerous superintendents in the course of data collection for this year's survey was the impact privatization has on negotiations with existing bargaining units. Competition in the provision of services allows districts to gain more control over their budgets and provide the best quality support services at the lowest cost.

According to one superintendent who requested anonymity, "If you're willing to put privatization on the table, it changes the dynamics of negotiations." He clarified, "It's not to be used as a threat or ploy but privatization creates an environment for negotiations that is not present in teacher negotiations. Unions realize the realities of budgetary situations."