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Monday, June 7, 2010

Contract negotiations

Question: Will the Board of Education make public their "threshold" limits on topics such as salary schedules and both pre- and post-retirement benefit packages in regards to the labor contract negotiations prior to the negotiations taking place in, I believe, 2012?

Answer: No -- this would be against the law. Negotiations with all labor unions are confidential and are conducted in closed sessions.

Typically, negotiations begin sixth months before a contract is scheduled to expire. The contract you're referring to is the Broadalbin-Perth Teachers' Association's (BPTA) contract, which expires at the end of the school's fiscal year, on June 30, 2012. The district plans to have legal council that specializes in labor negotiations negotiate this contract -- something that has not been done in the past.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent

1 comment:

  1. I believe that the actual content of the negotiations are in fact confidential however what the BOE and district SEEK to change for the new contract is not. Further, having outside legal council present durring negotiations is a respectable idea however leaving the entire negotiation process to "outsiders" with no direct tie to the community, parents and students may not uphold the best interests of all concerned parties.