That Glendale Unified officials would even consider reopening negotiations with its teachers union after getting a slightly better-than-expected budget from Sacramento is a head-scratcher at best.
Everyone agrees the latest, long-overdue state budget is based on smoke-and-mirrors formulas that a new governor will no doubt be forced to reassemble come January. And so after 18 months of protracted union negotiations to reach consensus on hard-earned concessions, both sides are willing to sweeten the deal a little now despite the very real possibility that they'll be caught with their pants down in January?
What then? Yet another restart at the negotiation table? Not wanted.
This community went through the ringer for 18 months as members of the Glendale Teachers Assn. rallied and protested proposed concessions while alleging that the district was overstating its weak financial position — although a state-appointed fact finder found that to be untrue.