Wrestling toward resolution

Collective bargaining can be like swimming in a sea of coded words, speaking English as a foreign language, being bilingual in English and English. Negotiating a contract with administrators is like trying to break hieroglyphic code, to unravel linguistic secrets, to read between the lines. Unscrambling the surface narrative. Deciphering the message.

It’s a bit like a strip tease. Revealing a bit of flesh here, a bit of flesh there, but a tease without the seduction. A dance without a partner. A slight of hand, a distraction, a prestidigitation. Illusions and smoke. Schemes, gambits, and machinations.

This is an exercise which, because of a natural skepticism, sharpens one’s powers of observation and interpretation. Gestures, glances, facial expressions, a look in the eyes, all become evidence overlaying and obfuscating the words.

This is all terribly exhausting, but powerfully invigorating as we wrestle toward resolution and more than vestigial consensus— a dramatic example of humans simultaneously protecting their sometimes wildly disparate interests and pragmatically functioning in and as community.

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2 Responses to Wrestling toward resolution

  1. Michael says:

    You have made an exhausting, grueling activity into poetry.

  2. Pingback: All thumbs for contract resolution | Nexus

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