Event Profile

Trends in Collective Bargaining 01/29/2022

Attend this timely event in a new digital format. Learn from a team of IL school attorneys covering trends in compensation, benefits, and working conditions, plus the impact of COVID on employee relations. Join us for two keynotes and choose from three breakout sessions. This event is free and a benefit of IASB membership. Registration required. Attendees earn 5 Board Leader Recognition points.

  • Start Date
    January 29, 2022
  • End Date
    January 29, 2022

School board members and superintendents will hear from a team of Illinois school attorneys as they discuss trends in compensation, benefits, and working conditions, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on employee relations. Two keynote speakers will offer presentations and IASB members will be able to choose from one of three breakout sessions on current collective bargaining topics. Registered attendees of this virtual event will earn school board members five Board Leader Recognition points.


Collective Bargaining Trends in Education
9:05 — 10 a.m.

Presenter: Lisa R. Callaway, Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC 

It’s not business as usual as we negotiate with our bargaining units. Unions and constituents have increased influence and the future looks as uncertain as ever. Join Lisa Callaway as she discusses how to address the many challenges of collective bargaining including mid-term bargaining obligations, virtual negotiations, working conditions and more.

Trends in Employment Law
10:10 — 11 a.m.

Presenter: Frank B. Garrett III, Robbins Schwartz

Is your District prepared for new state and federal school laws effective 2022? Frank Garrett II will talk about the new school employment laws soon to go into effect, as well as an update on COVID vaccination and masking requirements for school employees and students.

 Breakout Sessions

11:10 a.m.  - Noon

Choose from one of three breakout sessions

A Failure to Prepare is Preparation to Fail

11:10 a.m.  – Noon

Presenter: Brian R. Bare, Whitt Law, LLC 

Before your team steps into the negotiating room, they should be ready to support their own proposals and respond to the anticipated requests from the other side.  Brian R. Bare will address the many options that board members and administrators have in evaluating a current contract, preparing their own proposals, researching contracts and data in comparable districts, setting ground rules, and preparing for hard (but fair) conversations at the bargaining table.

Impact Bargaining and MOUs: Prepare for Changes in a Changing World

11:10 a.m.  – Noon

Presenter: David G. Penn, Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP

Often during the course of a current CBA, new issues arrive [COVID anyone?] requiring alteration or modification of terms and conditions of CBA terms to address terms and conditions of employment. Whether reductions in force, new safety policies, or different duties, these raise CBA negotiation and bargaining issues. Re-opening the contract is not ideal. So how does a district deal with it? Impact bargaining and Memorandums of Understanding, often required, can be your friend. David Penn will discuss background, implications, and strategies to use to continue to support a trusting and collaborative relationship with your bargaining units.

Learning to Exercise and Utilize the Board's Power in Bargaining

11:10 a.m.  - Noon

Presenter: David J. Braun, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd

Bargaining rules and risks often leave board members feeling like they have no control, no power, and no ability to implement the results they seek during tough negotiations. The reality, however, is that the board holds incredible power in negotiations - if only the members understand how and when to exercise that power. Whether it is an interim bargain on an important issue or a new bargain where the parties cannot meet in person, knowing the rules and boundaries will help yield better results. Join David Braun as he talks about the importance of timing and practice for efficient and productive negotiations with a focus on being a tough but fair negotiator who is trusted by his or her counterparts.