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 good
faith with recognized bargaining units to help assure that mutually
satisfactory agreements on wages, hours, and other terms and conditions
of employment will be developed.
The Regional School Committee will appoint the negotiator and the fee
or salary for his/her services will be established in accordance with
the law and/or the existing contract or letter of understanding at the
time of appointment.
The duties of the negotiator will be as follows:
1. To negotiate in good faith with recognized bargaining units to
arrive at a mutually satisfactory agreement on wages, hours, and working
conditions of employees represented by the units.
a. The negotiator may recommend members of the administration for
their expertise (e.g. director of Human Resources, Director of Finance)
to serve on the negotiation team. They will not be members of any unit
that negotiates with the Regional School Committee, and their
participation in negotiations must be approved by the Superintendent and
approved 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 School
Committee as to acceptable agreements and will report on the progress of
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 to
administrators and may be called upon to offer advice on various aspects
of contract administration during the terms of the contracts with
The Chair of the Regional School Committee will appoint a negotiating
team for each negotiation as needed. The School Committee
representation on a negotiating team will consist of no more than three
School Committee members and will include School Committee members from
at least two towns. The role and authority of the Regional School
Committee’s negotiating team is limited to the conduct of negotiations
and the making of tentative agreements that will be subject to review
and ratification by the full Regional School Committee.
During years between collective bargaining contract negotiations, the
Superintendent (or his/her designee) will represent the Regional School
Committee 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 necessary
and will bring to the attention of the Regional School Committee all
matters that require its approval.
No one other than an authorized negotiating team in the context of
negotiations, the Committee’s negotiator, or the Superintendent (or
his/her designee) is authorized to represent the Regional School
Committee in any communications or negotiations with an employee
Region Voted to Approve: 9/27/11
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve: