On the idea that if our elected representatives are negotiating contracts with groups of government employees, they should be public.
The idea of ‘negotiating’ with a monopoly (in this case, a union operating as a quasi-governmental entity) is something of a farce to begin with, isn’t it?
If you don’t have the option to say, ‘Okay, let’s not come to an agreement, and we’ll just look elsewhere to get the services you used to provide’, then you’re not actually negotiating an agreement. You’re negotiating a surrender.
Why should the public be involved? In the end, it’s OUR money they are spending to third Parties. We do this in NH all the time via Town Meetings – this is just one level down the pyramid.
After all, the main character in “Dune”, Paul-Muad’Dib, said:
The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it.
Surrender means something either is or has been destroyed. In this case, Trust.