One of the most important responsibilities school boards across New Jersey face is negotiating with their unions. Bargaining can be at times both a daunting and difficult task, especially for board members who are new to the board or even new to the board’s negotiations committee.

This responsibility is crucial because it has an extraordinary impact on a district’s budget and educational programming.

To help ensure that board members are prepared to negotiate with experienced and well-trained union teams, NJSBA is offering a program, “Preparing for Bargaining,” on Saturday, Oct. 15. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m).

The conference will be held at New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group, 501 Sullivan Way, West Trenton, NJ. This fast-paced program will guide board members through the preparation activities and legal framework critical to effective bargaining.

Topics include:

  • The Employer’s Obligations and Rights
  • The Roles of the Bargaining Team and the Board/Governing Body
  • Costing Out the Current Agreement, Including Salary Guides and Benefits
  • Developing Employer Proposals

Preparing for Bargaining offers 4 Board Member Academy Credits. Application for 6.5 Continuing Legal Education Credits for New Jersey lawyers is pending before the New Jersey Supreme Court and 3.5 Qualified Purchasing Agent (QPA) credits pending for business administrators.

Registration Information Registration for the programs may be done online for the program date above, but only by the school business administrator. Business administrators wishing to register officials from their districts should have a scanned purchase order ready to attach to the registration.

Cost The registration fee for members is $149 and the fee for non-members is $298. The fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and program materials.

For questions regarding this program, please email laborrelations@njsba.org

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