Mudslinging In Minnesota

The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers calls it “bargaining for the common good,” Beth Hawkins calls it bullying

My friend Beth Hawkins has a new piece up on her blog that calls out the bad behavior of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers.

“The leadership of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers has spent a lot of energy over the last couple of months calling names and lobbing insults at Minneapolis Public Schools leaders, with whom they are attempting to negotiate a new contract,” Hawkins writes. “They call the strategy they are using this year – and I am not making this up — ‘Common Sense Bargaining for the Common Good.’”

Award-winning journalist and Minnesota native Beth Hawkins

As I pointed out in a blog post not too long ago, “bargaining for the common good” is little more than a clever bit of doublespeak from the teachers unions. In the case of Minneapolis, for example, Hawkins shows that MFT’s “bargaining for the common good” approach hasn’t stopped them from making unfounded accusations against several school district officials.

You can read the Beth Hawkins’ full story by clicking on the link below:


Written by Peter Cook

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

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