NJSBA is offering two training programs this winter, designed to give district bargaining teams critical guidance at the table.

Bargaining at the Table, will be offered Saturday, Jan. 23 and covers the mechanics of bargaining; how to analyze union demands; ways to use comparative data; impasse procedures; and at-the-table techniques. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., with continental breakfast and registration starting at 8:30 a.m.

“Bargaining at the Table” offers three NJSBA Board Member Academy credits. The application for 6.8 Continuing Legal Education Credits for New Jersey lawyers is pending.

The member rate for the program is $199 and the non-member rate is $398. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and program materials.

Analyzing and Constructing Salary Guides, to be held Saturday, March 12, will assist participants in negotiations, as an understanding of salary guides is crucial to achieving a settlement which is beneficial to the district. Further, this program will help participants understand how a well-constructed salary guide is critical to help school boards operate efficiently within current financial constraints.

Participants will engage in a step-by-step analysis of salary guide construction. Attendees will understand how to recognize and address salary guide aberrations, and learn strategies to effectively negotiate changes in guides. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with registration and a continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m.

Districts that participated in past NJSBA salary guide training have reported achieving dramatic improvements to their guides. For instance, one district eliminated numerous balloon steps from its guide, the largest of which represented a 15 percent raise.  Other districts have reported an increased length of the guide, which correlated to a reduction in the cost of increment moving forward.

“Analyzing and Constructing Salary Guides” offers four NJSBA Board Member Academy credits. Application for eight Continuing Legal Education Credits for New Jersey lawyers is pending.

The member rate for the program is $299 and the non-member rate is $598. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch dinner, and program materials.

Registration Bargaining at the table will be held at the NJ Principals & Supervisors Association, 12 Centre Drive Monroe Township, NJ 08831. Analyzing and Constructing Salary Guides will be held at Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Road, Mercerville, NJ. Registration for Bargaining at the Table and Analyzing and Constructing Salary Guides may be done online, but only by the school business administrator. Business administrators who want to register officials from their districts should have a scanned purchase order ready to attach to the registration. For questions regarding registration, email the NJSBA Member Services Unit.

Additional Resources NJSBA’s Labor Relations web page provides information on current topics, including recent changes to the health benefits law and major case law developments. It also contains current negotiations data and links to two subscriber services, the Index and Analyses of PERC Decisions and The Negotiations Advisor Online. For more information about NJSBA’s Labor Relations services, email Gina Cuciti at gcuciti@njsba.org.

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