Bargaining & Discussion

The relationship between Indiana school boards and the union representing local teachers changed substantially on July 1, 2011, as a result of major changes in state law crafted during the 2011 session of the General Assembly.

 

   In brief, the major changes include:

  • A narrowed scope of bargaining and discussion.
  • An end to contractural barriers to the statutory teacher dismissal process.
  • Binding "either/or" fact finding.
  • Pay increases and RIF's based primarily on merit.

FAQs:

 

Q: What subjects must be bargained collectively?

A: Subjects of discussion

Sec. 7. A school employer shall discuss with the exclusive representative of certificated employees the following items:

(1)Curriculum development and revision.

(2) Selection of curricular material.

(3) Teaching methods.

(4) Hiring, evaluation, promotion, demotion, transfer, assignment, and retention of certificated employees.
(5) Student discipline.
(6) Expulsion or supervision of students.
(7) Pupil/teacher ratio.
(8) Class size or budget appropriations.
(9) Safety issues for students and employees in the workplace, except those items required to be kept confidential by state or federal law.
(10) Hours.

(11) Funding for a plan for a remediation program for any subset of students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12.

(12) The following nonbargainable items under IC 20-43-10-3:

       (A) Performance grants.

       (B) Individual performance stipends to teachers.

              (A) Additions to base salary based on performance stipends.

(13) The pre-evaluation planning session required under IC 20-28-11.5-4.

(14) The superintendent's report to the governing body concerning staff performance evaluations required under IC 20-28-11.5-9.

As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.13. Amended by P.L.48-2011, SEC.18.

 

Q: What subjects are prohibited from being bargained?

A: The school calendar, teacher dismissal procedures and criteria, restructuring options, among others. See Ind. Code 20-29-6-4.5

 

Q: May contracts contain a grievance procedure?

A:  Yes.

 

Q: What items must be discussed between the employer and the teachers union?

A: Curriculum development and revision, textbook selection, teaching methods, hiring, evaluation, promotion, demotion, transfer, assignment, retention of certified employees, student discipline, expulsion or supervision of students, pupil/teacher ratio, class size or budget appropriations, safety issues for students and employees in the workplace, except those items required to be kept confidential by state or federal law.

 

Indiana Code Related to Teacher Bargaining and Discussion