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Five Things To Know About The Carmel Clay Teacher Contract Negotiations

The Indiana Statehouse reflected in the windows of the building housing the Indiana State Teachers Association.

Changes to the state’s collective bargaining law in 2011 created a new timeline for contract negotiations between teachers unions and school districts. Most Indiana school districts signed labor agreements before the October deadline. But teachers represented by the Carmel Clay Education Association still don’t have a contract in place for the 2012-13 school year. Last week the union […]

Meet The Influencers: The Indiana State Teachers Association

Teachers and union workers came together last legislative session to protest bills which put limits on the collective bargaining process.  Along with teachers, the ISTA was able to work with other groups like the American Federation of Labor and The United Autoworkers in organizing these demonstrations.

Legislators from across Indiana are already in the statehouse pushing for everything from right to work to modifications to the state’s property tax code.  And where there are lawmakers there are lobbyists- influential outsiders trying to push their agendas through the halls of power.  We’ve been covering these entities in a series we’re calling “Meet […]

Why Do Indiana Schools And Unions Want Longer Contracts?

Many Indiana schools rushed to complete contract negotiations so that they could temporarily avoid a new law which limits what can be discussed in a collective bargaining agreement. Peggy Chamber is the HR director at the school district in Monroe County. She has seen a lot of contracts and it’s always the same: the local teacher’s union […]

Who Needs A Masters Degree?

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette sheds some light on how new laws will effect teacher pay. A state law set to take effect will allow school districts to weigh several factors – a master’s degree is one of them – in deciding whether a teacher gets a raise. Previously, under provisions of union-district contracts, pay […]

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