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NAEN's Potpourri of Articles for Management Specialists in Employee & Labor Relations Volume 6, Issue 36

20 Mar 2015 7:17 PM | Executive Director (Administrator)
1. Des Moines, IA.  Forristall backs teacher negotiation changes, KMAland
By a party line vote, the Iowa House this week approved a bill that would make minor changes in laws regarding teacher negotiations.
http://www.kmaland.com/news/forristall-backs-teacher-negotiation-changes/article_7df15270-cf0e-11e4-8d23-fffc8d979fb7.html


2. Hellertown, PA.  Saucon Valley teachers start at low pay but can earn top salaries, lehighvalleylive
Under the expired contract, the starting salary for a new teacher is $44,232. This places Saucon third from the bottom out of 12 Lehigh Valley districts.
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2015/03/saucon_valley_teacher_salary.html


3. Northampton, PA.  Northampton Area School District hasn't filled some teacher jobs to balance budgets, lehighvalleylive
The district is in the third year of a four-year teachers contract that expires in August 2016. Teachers agreed to defer their raises so they kick in ...
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/northampton-county/index.ssf/2015/03/northampton_area_school_distri.html


4. Oklahoma, City, OK.  State GOP calls for ending payroll deductions for teacher associations, Tulsa World
It applies to groups that engage in collective bargaining. ... “I can tell you we firmly believe how teachersspend their paycheck is not a legislative issue ...
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/state-gop-calls-for-ending-payroll-deductions-for-teacher-associations/article_1e19f777-ce6a-58a9-a184-3e6db7bbea54.html


5. Montpelier, VT.  House Committee Supports Ban On Teacher Strikes, WAMC
However, it does not put labor disputes involving teachers into binding ... But Kurt Wright has had as a goal the elimination of collective bargaining ...
http://wamc.org/post/house-committee-supports-ban-teacher-strikes


6. Moon, PA.  Adjuncts at Robert Morris U. Vote to Unionize, Inside Higher Ed
Adjuncts at Robert Morris University have voted to unionize with the United Steelworkers. The union announced the results ...
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/03/18/adjuncts-robert-morris-u-vote-unionize


7. Pittsburgh, PA.  Lawmakers try again to change laws governingteacher layoff, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The proposals call for school districts to be able to consider teacher ... as “fair,” it actually ignores differences in teacher quality and disrupts more ...
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/03/17/Lawmakers-try-again-to-change-laws-governing-teacher-layoff/201503170158


8. Bethlehem, PA.  Bethlehem Area School District teachers, board compromise on latest pact, lehighvalleylive
Teachers agreed to no raise this year, 3.13 percent in 2015-16 and 2.99 percent in 2016-17. The contract boosts the starting salary from $44,355 to ...
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/bethlehem/index.ssf/2015/03/bethlehem_area_teacher_salarie.html


9. Waterloo, ON.  Strike a possibility but 'not our goal', says Waterloo official with Ontario high school teachers union, Waterloo Record
Ontario teachers, without a contract since August, are bargaining for a collective agreement. Provincial and local negotiations are proceeding at the ...
http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5478858-strike-a-possibility-but-not-our-goal-says-waterloo-official-with-ontario-high-school-teachers-un/


10. Los Angeles, CA.  Appeals in Vergara case due before judges at end of March, LA Schools Report
The Vergara case is moving back into public view with appeal briefs from the defendants, who lost, due before a three-judge panel on March 30. Once the papers from the state and the two teachers unions, California Federation of Teachers andCalifornia Teachers Association, have been filed ...
http://laschoolreport.com/appeals-in-vergara-case-due-before-judges-at-end-of-march/


11. Washington, DC.  Merit pay doesn't cause teachers to teach to the test, study finds, Washington Post (blog)
Those results suggest that the teachers provided the students with ... on Teacher Quality, who argues that teachers' pay shouldn't fluctuate with their ...
ttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/16/merit-pay-doesnt-cause-teachers-to-teach-to-the-test-study-finds/


12. Washington, DC.  Michigan appeals court says state lacks power in teacher layoff decisions, Education Dive
"Reducing job security may sound like a cheap way to improve teacher quality. But without some of the costlier changes necessary to make the most ...
http://www.educationdive.com/news/michigan-appeals-court-says-state-lacks-power-in-teacher-layoff-decisions/375312/


13. Winona, MN.  Ineffective teachers could be laid off, Winona Post
“Those evaluations have been created cooperatively in negotiations with school administrators and theteachers union, so I feel comfortable that this ...
http://www.winonapost.com/Article/ArticleID/43226/Ineffective-teachers-could-be-laid-off


14. Washington, DC.  Faculty Pay: Up and Uneven, Inside Higher Ed
CUPA-HR finds 2.1 percent median salary increase for four-year public institutions and 2 percent gain in private institutions -- and continued inequality by discipline.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/03/16/survey-finds-increases-faculty-pay-and-significant-gaps-discipline


15. Washington, DC.  More Routes to T.A. Unions, Inside Higher Ed.
N.L.R.B. revives bids for collective bargaining for graduate students at Columbia and the New School, potentially permitting new challenges to ruling that has limited unionization.
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/03/16/nlrb-opens-way-more-arguments-behalf-teaching-assistant-unions-private-universities


16. Toronto, ON.  OSSTF president threatens April strike, City News Toronto
The president of the union representing the province’s secondary teachers is threatening strike action if contract negotiations don’t speed up with school boards.
Hundreds of teachers in seven districts across Ontario have not had a contract since last August, including ones in Durham, Peel and Halton. Speaking at the Annual Meeting ...
http://www.citynews.ca/2015/03/14/osstf-president-threatens-april-strike/


17. Shaker Heights, OH.  Shaker Heights Schools, teachers reach agreement on three-year contract, with raises,
cleveland.com (blog)
... with a new strategic plan, new Common Core State Standards, a new teacherevaluation system, and continued implementation of the International ...
http://www.cleveland.com/shaker-heights/index.ssf/2015/03/shaker_heights_schools.html


18. Pennsylvania. Teacher strike threats remain in Western Pennsylvania, Tribune-Review
Teachers there have been without a contract since June 2012 and went on strike for 16 days in September. Union officials left open the possibility of ...
http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/7933239-74/teachers-strike-allegheny#axzz3UTxKY4oO


19. West Grove, PA.  Unionville-Chadds Ford administration lays out both sides of teacher negotiations, Chester County Press
The current teacher contract in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District doesn't expire until the end of June, but the teachers and administration ...
http://www.chestercounty.com/2015/03/13/64975/unionville-chadds-ford-administration-lays-out-both-sides-of-teacher-negotiations


20. Roxana, IL.  Roxana teachers reject contract offer, Alton Telegraph
Susie Walker, a negotiation spokesperson for the REA said that 85 percent of the 119 assembled teachersvoted against the board's “last and final ...
http://www.thetelegraph.com/news/news/152356005/Roxana-teachers-reject-contract-offer


21. Los Angeles, CA.  Los Angeles Teachers Poised to Strike for First Time in 26 Years, In These Times
Like the Chicago Teachers Union in 2012, LA teachers have framed their strike around issues of educational equity for public school students.
http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/17746/los_angeles_teachers_strike




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