Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Communication Styles Impact the Teachers Strike

As the public watches reports on the Chicago teachers strike, it is hard not to notice the stark difference in communication styles of the two sides. While speaking, the Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey did not present himself as a person who is looking for a win-win. Using the word 'draconian' was a show of arrogance, not cooperation. The Union President, Karen Lewis, was calm but rather bullish on the 10:00 pm news interview when she spoke about the latest city proposal on the table. The city spokesperson, in contrast, was professional and strong, but reasonable.

Are they different at the negotiating table, or are we getting a glimpse of the conflict?

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