NPRI â€” and many other observers â€” told you so.
We told you that theÂ collective bargaining system is rigged in favor of public-employee unions.
We told you thatÂ binding arbitration and "evergreen" clausesÂ ensure that union contracts almost always get bigger, while avoiding needed reforms.
We told you that theÂ education reforms passed during the 2011 Legislative Session, while an improvement, were so minor that, in practice, they changed nothing in many cases.
And, yesterday, when an unelected, unaccountable arbitratorÂ from CaliforniaÂ sided with the Clark County Education AssociationÂ in its dispute over salaries and other issues with the Clark County School District, our predictions were spot on, once again.
It's not pleasant to say, "We told you so." The whole point of analyses and forecasts showing negative outcomes looming is toÂ preventÂ those negative outcomes. Forewarned, elected officials should change course.
But the CCEA union was able to "win" its contract negotiations simply by running out the clock. Now, according to the district, up to 1,000 teachers must be laid off.
And the union is already using the same strategy for next year's contract negotiations!