Teachers and Government: Go to arbitration

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The only way to fix this mess with the teachers is to send it to arbitration. The government and the union would identify the key compensation issues—wages, long service award and retirement health benefits and then establish a floor and ceiling for potential choices for the arbitrator. For example, the parties could agree to having an arbitrator choose a wage increase somewhere between a half percent to one percent per year. The arbitrator could choose between $0 for a long service award or up to $800 a year for years of service. The arbitrator could choose between $0 and $300 a year for teachers to pay health benefits. They should bracket the arbitration, get on with it and get a fair settlement by an independent third party operating under mutually agreed parameters/constraints. —The I want a fair solution person

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