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

Registration fee includes a copy of the "Labor Relations in Ohio Public Schools" book.

Join us to learn about the collective bargaining process, your role in that process and what you can do to ensure bargaining in your district goes smoothly. Learn tips for effective bargaining and discuss frequently exchanged bargaining proposals. This workshop is for anyone who might serve on the management side of the bargaining team: board members, superintendents and treasurers, and other administrative staff.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
9 a.m.
Costing out your collective bargaining agreement
Ashley Brudno, treasurer, Chardon Local (Geauga); and Eric J. Johnson, Esq., Walter Haverfield LLP, Cleveland
It’s not just salary and benefits; almost every concession made at the bargaining table has a monetary impact on a school district. Review the most commonly overlooked cost-saving measures, and discuss the biggest financial pitfalls associated with the bargaining process. This session will help you prepare by providing the knowledge to identify proposals that create financial hardship to districts.
10 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
Bargaining trends in Ohio
Beverly A. Meyer, Esq., Bricker & Eckler LLP, Dayton
Hear about the hottest bargaining trends. Learn what topics have frequently crossed the table this year and what you can expect during the next bargaining cycle.
11:30 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:15 p.m.
Is IBB right for you?
Van D. Keating, senior staff attorney, OSBA; and Douglas M. Corwon, commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Many Ohio districts have been moving toward interest-based bargaining (IBB), but it isn’t always right for every group. Learn about the IBB process and whether it could be successful in your district.
1:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
How to be a good bargaining team member
Lisa M. Burleson Esq., Burleson Law Offices LLC
Not everyone is cut out to be a member of a bargaining team. Learn tips and tricks to ensure you’re a valued member of the team and don’t make any critical mistakes in the process.
2:15 p.m.
Labor relations in the digital age
William M. Deters II, Esq., Ennis Britton Co. LPA, Cincinnati
Technology is changing, but the collective bargaining statutes have not. Learn about particularly perplexing bargaining-related issues popping up in light of increased technology and what your district can do to address them before they become a problem. Time will be allotted for attendees to share their experiences with each other.
3:15 p.m.