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Mediator Halts City’s Plan to Overhaul 24 Schools
An arbitrator on Friday halted a central element of the Bloomberg administration’s plans for closing and reopening 24 schools, saying its method for overhauling the staff at those institutions violated labor contracts.
The listserv being the listserv, has already generated many comments, one stating:
My response to the above comment is saying rain and hail are the same. According to Dictionary.com's thesaurus they are synonyms so is alright to interchange the two? It lists under synonyms for rain the following words (but not limited to): rainstorm, monsoon, sleet, heavy dew, hail, flurry, pouring, sprinkling and cloudburst.
Would anyone here freely interchange the two- specifically in an academic paper or article?
If that is the case, why use any of theses words at all: mediation, conflict coaching, negotiation, or arbitration? We might as well just pick one since they are all forms of ADR, right?
Obviously I am joking (note I am not using a pun, parody, mummery, hoodwinking, sport, horseplay, or using a one-liner yet all are listed as synonyms), but to defend the use of mediation in the title when it clearly means arbitration only contributes to confusion.
At least I think so.