Policy HF: School Committee Negotiating Agents

The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is responsible for negotiations with recognized employee bargaining units. (See Policy HAA)However, because of the expertise and time required for negotiations,the Regional School Committee will hire a negotiator to bargain in goodfaith with recognized bargaining units to help assure that mutuallysatisfactory agreements on wages, hours, and other terms and conditionsof employment will be developed.

The Regional School Committee will appoint the negotiator and the feeor salary for his/her services will be established in accordance withthe law and/or the existing contract or letter of understanding at thetime of appointment. 

The duties of the negotiator will be as follows:

1. To negotiate in good faith with recognized bargaining units toarrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement on wages, hours, and workingconditions of employees represented by the units.

a. The negotiator may recommend members of the administration fortheir expertise (e.g. director of Human Resources, Director of Finance)to serve on the negotiation team. They will not be members of any unitthat negotiates with the Regional School Committee, and theirparticipation in negotiations must be approved by the Superintendent andapproved by the Regional School Committee.

b. He/she will direct accumulation of necessary data needed for negotiations, such as comparative information.

c. He/she will follow guidelines set forth by the Regional SchoolCommittee as to acceptable agreements and will report on the progress ofnegotiations.

d. He/she will make recommendations to the negotiating team of the Regional School Committee as to acceptable agreements.

2. The negotiator will interpret the signed negotiated contracts toadministrators and may be called upon to offer advice on various aspectsof contract administration during the terms of the contracts withemployee organizations.

The Chair of the Regional School Committee will appoint a negotiatingteam for each negotiation as needed. The School Committeerepresentation on a negotiating team will consist of no more than threeSchool Committee members and will include School Committee members fromat least two towns.  The role and authority of the Regional SchoolCommittee’s negotiating team is limited to the conduct of negotiationsand the making of tentative agreements that will be subject to reviewand ratification by the full Regional School Committee.

During years between collective bargaining contract negotiations, theSuperintendent (or his/her designee) will represent the Regional SchoolCommittee in all matters pertaining to collective bargaining (i.e.grievances, arbitrations, proceedings pertaining to negotiations,limited negotiations and communication with employee organizations). The Superintendent will seek legal counsel when he/she deems necessaryand will bring to the attention of the Regional School Committee allmatters that require its approval.

No one other than an authorized negotiating team in the context ofnegotiations, the Committee’s negotiator, or the Superintendent (orhis/her designee) is authorized to represent the Regional SchoolCommittee in any communications or negotiations with an employeeorganization.


MGL 71:37E


Region Voted to Approve: 9/27/11
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve:
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