Designed to accommodate a collaborative problem solving approach, Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) manages conflict to improve negotiated agreements and enhance relationships. It is one of the many problem solving strategies used in the bargaining process.
When the ultimate goal is to determine how the district can best serve kids, anything can be bargained through IBB. While there are a multitude of different processes in IBB, they all involve local KNEA leaders sitting down with school board members rather than district hired gun attorneys and discussing what is best for the students.
IBB is not a cure all. Local negotiations teams should NOT go to Interest Based Bargaining to avoid conflict. Just like in traditional bargaining, maintaining the support and trust of the bargaining unit through effective communications is essential throughout the Interest Based Bargaining experience.
The first step to IBB is training. Any new technique requires ongoing training, time and patience. It is mandatory that BOTH sides receive IBB training. The most successful bargains involve training and a third-party facilitator.
Supporters of IBB suggest establishing a deadline at which negotiations converts to traditional bargaining or another agreed upon process an agreement cannot be reached.
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