Bargaining & Discussion

The relationship between Indiana school boards and the union representing local teachers changed substantially on July 1, 2011 because 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.



Q: What subjects must be bargained collectively?

A: A school employer shall bargain collectively with the exclusive representative on the following: salary, wages, and salary and wage related fringe benefits, including accident, sickness, health, dental, vision, life, disability, retirement benefits and paid time off as permitted to be bargained under Ind. Code 20-28-9-11.


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