This course has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 5.00 total CLE hours instruction.

Developed especially for anyone new to public schools and collective bargaining, this workshop will focus on the basics of Ohio’s collective bargaining laws, negotiated agreements and the different types of bargaining processes. Once the groundwork is laid, we’ll focus on real-life experiences in school negotiations: nuances of contract language, do’s and don’ts of proposals, bargaining techniques, team composition and negotiation strategy. Whether you are a new attorney, board member or administrator, this workshop will increase your overall understanding of the process and allow your district to be more effective “at the table.”


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:55 a.m.
9 a.m.
Collective bargaining basics: Why, what and how to negotiate
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA
The process of collective bargaining is governed by Ohio Revised Code 4117, State Employment Relations Board decisions and local practice. Review the legal scope of bargaining, the duty to negotiate in good faith, mandatory versus permissive subjects of bargaining and different types of bargaining models. This session also will discuss unfair labor practice charges.
10 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
Preparation, proposals, goals and strategies
Kevin J. Locke, Esq., co-managing partner, Pepple & Waggoner Ltd.
How school districts and their unions prepare for negotiations can have a significant influence on the outcome. Gathering information, analyzing data and developing and drafting proposals are important steps that often are underestimated or overlooked. Learn how careful preparation can result in successful negotiations.
11:30 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:15 p.m.
The bargaining team: Selection, roles and responsibilities
Megan E. Greulich, staff attorney, OSBA
Representing a school district in negotiations can be a frustrating experience for anyone unfamiliar with the process. Face-to-face bargaining can be confrontational and, at times, very personal. Learn how to select bargaining team members, recognize group dynamics, assign responsibilities and ensure that every team member is prepared.
1 p.m.
Effectively managing the bargaining process
Van D. Keating
Once negotiations start, developing an efficient plan for discussing proposals, making counter-proposals, reaching agreements and managing time can all become significant issues for the parties. Learn how to manage the strict negotiations deadlines established in Ohio law and use those deadlines to your advantage.
2 p.m.
Impasse, settlement or strike?
Van D. Keating and George M. Albu, commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
What happens when a district and union fail to reach an agreement for a new contract? Learn the consequences of failed negotiations and the processes that surround impasse and the union’s option to go on strike. We’ll discuss impasse, mediation, fact-finding, strike notices, strike planning and how districts can operate effectively during a strike.
3 p.m.