Collective Bargaining & Organizing Conference
Nearly 1,000 educators from across Minnesota joined us virtually for our 2021 Collective Bargaining & Organizing Conference on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Members learned about building toward forming partnerships with parents and communities to advocate for our students’ needs. We introduced the work of bargaining for the common good, thinking about how to expand our negotiations to fight for our values and how to demand the decision-makers in the state Legislature provide the resources our students need.
Couldn’t make it Jan. 30? We have launched a set of bargaining and organizing classes on MEA Online, our online professional development platform. These classes will be self-guided classes that members can take on a variety of negotiating and organizing fundamentals.
If you are interested in being a part of your local bargaining and organizing teams, talk with the president of your local union to learn more!
NEW: Materials to support 2021-23 bargaining
Locals preparing to negotiate contracts may want to access the following:
Certified Negotiator Program (CNP) for Teachers
What is PELRA?
Bargaining team members may be asked to take on different roles at different times within the team. Understanding when to be a trustee of the entire local and when to represent a specific perspective is an important starting point for negotiators.
Learn how to cost a contract, which can be an effective tool at the bargaining table.
Costing is a critical part of the bargaining process. Your bargaining team can build both credibility and leverage by understanding the cost of your and your employer’s proposals.