Is collective bargaining outdated? Yes -- in a big way -- according to Harvard University. Many of today's teacher contracts are relics based on the industrial era. They hinder organizations from keeping talented staff and prevent employers from being competitive. "A Better Bargain: Overhauling Teacher Collective Bargaining for the 21st Century" (386k ) was released on March 29, 2006, by Frederick M. Hess of AEI and Martin West of the Brookings Institution.