Collective Bargaining

What is Collective Bargaining?

When districts agree to negotiate with only one agent

What is the purpose of Collective Bargaining?

To improve working conditions, pay, etc.

What groups bargain?

Teachers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians, maintenance workers---even building administrators can enter into a collective bargaining agreement

Who serves on bargaining teams?

For the board: Superintendent’s designee, Supervisors, Principals from different levels, professional negotiator

For the union: Teachers, bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, maintenance workers, paraprofessionals, union representative(s)

What are the most common issues negotiated?

Hiring, Discipline, Evaluation, Transfers, Discharge, Leaves, Working Conditions, Seniority, Dress Code, Planning Time AND……


What happens when negotiations break down?

Impass e

1. Mediation (neutral party enters) 2. Fact-Finder (3rd party analyzes facts and offers solutions) 3. Arbitration (may be binding)

In Conclusion….

• Negotiations should be guided by good faith • School Board should not negotiate items for which they have no control • Teacher strikes that disrupt the educational process will not be supported in the courts • Constitutionally protected rights should not be impaired by collective bargaining agreements

Collective Bargaining


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