Collective-bargaining agreement with Mehlville NEA to be considered by school board

Staff report

The Mehlville Board of Education is scheduled this week to consider a bargaining agreement between the school district and the Mehlville National Education Association.

The board will review the agreement in closed session before considering its approval during the regular board meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today — Feb. 10 — at the Administration Building, 3120 Lemay Ferry Road.

Consideration of the agreement previously was scheduled for the board’s Jan. 20 meeting, which was canceled due to inclement weather.

The agreement would provide the framework for annual negotiations between the board and teachers.

Board and teacher negotiating teams have been meeting over the course of the past year to develop the agreement, according to Lisa Counts, assistant superintendent-human resources.

As proposed, the agreement would be effective July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011.

The proposed agreement recognizes the MNEA as the “initial representative” for the bargaining unit consisting of “all regular, full and part-time professional teaching staff.”

An election will be conducted during the 2010-2011 school year “to determine the sole and exclusive bargaining representative organization” for teachers, according to the proposed agreement.

The proposed agreement references more than two dozen board policies and procedures relating to association rights; pay and benefits; leave; employee rights and working conditions.

Except in the case of an emergency, the proposed agreement “shall constitute a binding obligation of both the district and the association” and “may be altered, changed, added to, deleted from or modified only through the voluntary, mutual consent of these parties …

“The board shall not unilaterally change the policies to which this document refers.”