• Cover how negotiations are being handled during the pandemic.
• Learn what your involvement is as a board member for negotiations.
• Discussion on crisis communications.


Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2021

10 a.m.
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
10:10 a.m.
Bargaining basics and the search for alignment
John E. Britton, Esq., Ennis Britton Co. LPA
Ohio law establishes a process that state public entities, such as schools, must utilize to conduct negotiations with their employee unions. However, there is much more to understand than just the short-term tactics of bargaining. Take a high-level view of the “why” around the collective bargaining process and the need for school district alignment going into that process.
11 a.m.
11:10 a.m.
Bargaining during the pandemic
Eric J. Johnson, Esq. and Megan E. Greulich, Esq., Walter Haverfield, LLP
This session will explore the negotiations challenges schools have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bargaining face-to-face suddenly shifted to virtual bargaining, using a variety of computer applications and programs that were unfamiliar to schools. School attorneys will discuss what changes have occurred and how to prepare for bargaining in this new environment.
12 p.m.
Lunch break
12:30 p.m.
Strategies to end negotiations
Kevin J. Locke, Esq., Pepple & Waggoner, Ltd.
Eventually, all negotiations must come to an end. In this session, an experienced negotiator will discuss the various strategies schools use to reach settlement, whether it is through impasse and mediation, fact finding or even strikes. This session also will discuss emerging union trends related to employees’ return to in-person classroom instruction.
1:20 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
Crisis communications
Thomas Fladung, managing partner, Hennes Communications
Collective bargaining often creates tense situations between school district management and employee unions. Unfortunately, when a crisis arises, boards often struggle with what, when and how to communicate with parents and the public. This session will explore how school boards can best communicate during crisis situations.
2:20 p.m.
2:30 p.m.