Labor Relations

Labor contracts command a majority of a school district’s budget expenditures, organize critical relationships, and are key components in creating positive outcomes for students.

Our firm provides guidance through each step of the bargaining process, holding strong to your goals and objectives without damaging important relationships. We are sensitive to your district’s bottom line, as well as your long-term needs.

Our services include:

  • Reviewing and analyzing labor contracts;
  • Drafting bargaining proposals;
  • Identifying board priorities by needs and operational constraints;
  • Acting as primary spokesperson at the bargaining table;
  • Finding ways to deal with resistant union bargaining teams;
  • Creating a professional and appropriate bargaining environment; and
  • Apprising the board of education of progress at the table.

Once you reach a final agreement, it is important to maintain what you worked so hard to accomplish. We are available to help you with any contract administration or language interpretation issues that arise.

Our services include:

  • Serving as labor relations counsel;
  • Providing in-service sessions and workshops;
  • Assisting in adjusting grievances up to and including arbitration; and
  • Litigating unfair labor practice charges at the State Employment Relations Board (SERB).

Our attorneys have experience bargaining with both certificated/licensed and classified personnel represented by the Ohio Education Association, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Professionals Guild of Ohio, United Faculty/AFT, Ohio Association of Public School Employees, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Firemen and Oilers, and Teamsters AFL/CIO.

+  Board Policy
+  Employment Issues
+  Labor Relations
+  Litigation
+  Property Valuation
+  Real Estate Contract Services
and Alternative Revenue
Source Contracts
+  School Construction Services
+  School Finance
+  Special Education
+  Student Issues
+  Tax Abatements
and Exemptions