Preparing for Bargaining

Friday, Nov. 17 and Sat. Dec. 2
NJM Insurance Group, 301 Sullivan Way, West Trenton
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.)
Member Price: $149 per person

This fast-paced program will guide you 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, the board/governing body; costing out the current agreement including salary guides and benefits; and developing employer proposals.

Bargaining at the Table

Friday Dec. 8 and Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
NJM Insurance Group, 301 Sullivan Way, West Trenton
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m.)
Member Price: $149 per person

This program covers the mechanics of bargaining; how to analyze union demands; ways to use comparative data; impasse procedures; and at-the-table techniques.

Board members should ask their school business administrator to register them for the programs above through the links at www.njsba.org/services/labor-relations/labor-relations-training/.

Delegate Assembly

Saturday, Nov. 18
The Conference Center at Mercer, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Registration and breakfast begins at 8 a.m. )

NJSBA’s Delegate Assembly meets twice a year. This is the major policy-making body of the Association; each school board in the state has a vote in the Delegate Assembly.

Delegates vote on resolutions submitted by local boards, county school boards associations, the NJSBA Board of Directors and standing committees. Resolutions approved at the Delegate Assembly – the “DA” – become Association policy.

Resolutions have far-reaching consequences. They can result in the introduction of state legislation, action to stop undesirable legislation or new State Board of Education policies. For example, resolutions approved by the DA have enabled NJSBA to support important legislation on random drug testing and criminal background checks for school employees. Over the years, other topics tackled by the DA have included school funding, labor negotiations, teacher tenure and school safety.

Every school board has a voice in the Delegate Assembly – one board, one vote. Each board is encouraged to send a representative. Delegates may be registered online at the “Delegate Assembly” section of the NJSBA website  or may be registered by calling (609) 278-5217.

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