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 designed for new board members and new attorneys.


8:30 a.m.
8:55 a.m.
Welcome and continental breakfast
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, Ohio State Employment Relations Board decisions and local practice. We’ll look at the legal scope of bargaining, the duty to negotiate in good faith, mandatory versus permissive subjects of bargaining and various 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
Kevin J. Locke, Esq.
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. This presentation will focus on how to best 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 counterproposals, reaching agreements and managing time can 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?
George Albu, consultant and mediator, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service; Kevin J. Locke, Esq.; and Van D. Keating
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.