I live in a city where the teachers union colluded with a union friendly, lame-duck school board to ram a 6 year contract down the throats of the community. The obvious intent was to render the new school board powerless, as they were not friendly to the union. The taxpayers tried to beat the union, but the union won anyway. The new contract included bonuses for the teachers that the school system could not afford. When the union leadership was asked if they were aware that the new contract would bankrupt the school system, they just shrugged.