Bargaining in Financially Distressed Entities

February 4, 2020 at 5:30pm8:00pm
Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Labor Employment Relations Association
Harrisburg, PA

Act 141 of 2012, also called the School District Financial Recovery Act, amended the Pennsylvania Public School Code to provide a system to identify and support public school districts in various stages of financial distress. A school district’s identification under this law, as well as the realities of financial distress itself, can add complexity to an already-difficult bargaining situation and impact bargaining concerns such as salaries, salary step placement and movement, vacancies, healthcare benefits, charter enrollment, and employee recruitment and retention. The speaker will discuss the law and draw on his experience with both the Reading School District and the Harrisburg School District to showcase some of the difficulties and opportunities involved in bargaining on behalf of a financially distressed school district.