Adjusting Collective Bargaining for Health and Safety Plans

July 15, 2020 at 12:00pm1:00pm
Pennsylvania School Boards Association

Jeff joins a panel that will discuss the kinds of collective barganing (CBA) provisions that may require adjustment for reopening plans to be implemented effectively, and approaches for working collaboratively with unions to achieve the needed flexibility. Many or most CBA contain provisions that could greatly restrict the flexibility and creativity in managing human resources that is necessary for reopening schools in accordance with COVID-related health and safety guidelines. Examples include the structure of workdays, planning time and office hours, extra duties, voluntary and involuntary reassignments, limits on numbers of staff simultaneously using leave, faculty meeting requirements, additional training, and flexibility in scheduling to accommodate personal responsibilities of staff.