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Collective Bargaining

Passed in 1975, the Educational Employment Relations Act (EERA)-also known as the Rodda Act-guarantees public school employees the right to bargain with the district regarding salary and other employment-related issues.

Each contract is negotiated separately with the respective unit's negotiating team. All agreements must be ratified by the employee association before going to the Board of Education for adoption.

The district has contracts with six employee bargaining units (AASD, OSS, OTBS, PARA, POA and SDEA). Each unit develops a contract proposal which is presented to the district's Labor Relations Division. Negotiating sessions begin with the exchange of proposals and counterproposals and continue until an agreement is reached.

If a contract is ratified for more than one year, it is customary to include a provision for reopening negotiations on specific items. Typically, such items include salary, benefits, and one or two additional items to be selected by each party.

The Rodda Act binds negotiating parties to certain behaviors and time lines. Both parties must bargain in good faith, meaning both sides must be willing to discuss all issues and to make proposals and counterproposals in an effort to reach agreement. Even if the process seems cumbersome, each party must participate; failing to do so would sacrifice that party's rights under the Rodda Act.