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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 Master’s Payments pursuant to Indiana Code Section 20-28-9-1.5, Teacher performance grants pursuant to Indiana Code Section 20-43-10-3, and Increases based on teacher performance grants pursuant to Indiana Code Section 20-43-10-3.
School Corporations and the corporation Exclusive Representation may informally bargain before August 1st. Formal bargaining begins August 1st and must conclude by September 30th. If parties are unable to settle a contract and ratify by October 2nd, then IEERB declares impasse and assigns a mediator. The mediator has 30 days to meet 1-3 times with the parties to settle the contract. If the parties have not settled at the end of the mediation period, then they must submit and exchange a last, best offer. At that time IEERB will appoint a factfinder. The factfinder will conduct an investigation and a hearing and will select one party’s last, best offer or a joint last, best offer as the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.
IEERB will provide mediation services during collective bargaining when requested by the parties. The cost will be split by the parties. See IEERB’s Pre-Impasse Mediation Policy for more details.
IEERB collects information from parties throughout the Collective Bargaining & Impasse process. Parties are required to: