School employers and any exclusive representative for certificated employees must collectively bargain the teachers' contract. The mandatory subjects of bargaining listed in IC 20-29-6-4 are salary, wages, and salary and wage related fringe benefits, including accident, sickness, health, dental, vision, life, disability, retirement benefits, and paid time off (IC 20-28-9-11) are permitted to be bargained. A grievance procedure is permissible. The following items are no longer bargained: Supplemental Payments pursuant to IC 20-28-9-1.5, Teacher performance grants pursuant to IC 20-43-10-3.5, and Increases based on teacher performance grants pursuant to IC 20-43-10-3.5.
|Pre-September 15||Informal negotiations may be held|
|Prior to 1st formal bargaining session||Parties must host a public hearing and take testimony about bargaining|
|At least 72 hours after TA is reached||School Board must host a Tentative Agreement (TA) Meeting to discuss the TA prior to the Ratification Meeting. Notice of the Time and Location of the Public Meeting and the TA must be posted on the school employer's Internet website at least 72 hours prior to the TA Public Meeting.|
|At least 72 hours after TA Meeting||School Board must host a Ratification Meeting and allow public comment|
IEERB will provide mediation services during collective bargaining when requested by the parties. The cost will be split by the parties. Review the Guide to Bargaining and Impasse (page 8) for additional information.
Pre-Impasse Financial Consultation
If requested by both parties, IEERB will provide financial consultation during the pre-impasse formal collective bargaining period. The cost will be billed equally to each party. See IEERB's Pre-Impasse Financial Consultation request form below for more details.
IEERB Data Collection
IEERB collects information from parties throughout the Collective Bargaining & Impasse process. Parties are required to:
- Complete the School Employee Organization Affidavit by October 1 in Gateway.
- Complete the Bargaining Status Form I by November 15 in Gateway.
- Upload the ratified and signed teachers' contract by November 15 to Gateway (unless the parties are at impasse).
- Complete the Collective Bargaining Report by July 30 in Gateway.