Strike was symptom of long-term distrust
- April 28, 2010
- Mark Petracca, political science associate professor and department chair, is quoted in the OC Register April 27, 2010
From the OC Register:
Capistrano Unified School District teachers are proclaiming victory after three days of striking, saying "we can hold our heads high." District officials, meanwhile, are touting a tentative settlement agreement reached with teachers late Monday as “providing consistency and stability” for Orange County’s second-largest school district. But the long-term impacts of the five-day standoff over a 10.1 percent pay cut are probably best described in less rosy terms, observers say. The picketing, the angst, the anger all may be signs of a school community nowhere close to healing, and the fleeting jubilation both sides are feeling in the wake of Monday’s tentative settlement may simply revert to distrust and discontent in the days ahead. “I don’t think going back to work is a healing event,” said political scientist Mark Petracca, chairman of UC Irvine’s political science department. “The district has some fundamental problems with trust, which are deep seated and widely rooted in the community. The strike is a symptom of the distrust, but it’s really almost a sideshow. Trust wasn’t enhanced by needing to go out on strike, and trust is not enhanced by the ending of this strike.”
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