Michigan Association of School Administrators

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Landmines, Layoffs, Tenure and Teacher Evaluations – is your district prepared?

Layoffs, tenure and evaluations are a major legal issue this year. Protect yourself and your district by learning from our all-star lineup at our 2013 labor relations conference!  Be sure to book your calendars for March 14 and 15, to attend this year’s conference appropriately titled Bargaining in a New World.  Sessions will address all the critical issues local districts are facing, including:

  • The Developing Tenure Act
  • Evaluation and Layoff Legal Guidance
  • Concessionary Bargaining
  • The Affordable Care Act and Negotiating Health Insurance
  • Getting Relationships Right with your Union
  • Projecting Your Budget
  • MERC Decisions that Clarify the Recent Changes in Law
  • Right to Work and What It Means to Your District and Employees

Bargaining in a New World is co-sponsored by MASA, MSBO and MASB, and will be held at the Henry Center in East Lansing.  You can register for one or both days, but we suggest you don’t miss a minute of this important conference.

One or both of these days are well worth your time given the amount of important information packed into the agenda! If your district is in negotiations this year, consider sending a board member plus an administrator to this important conference.


To see the full agenda or to register go MASB.org and click on the Bargaining in a New World link on the front page. If you have questions, contact Angie Kanazeh at akanazeh@masb.org or call her at 517.327.5938.


Thursday, March 14 is intended as nuts and bolts information for new board members and/or administrators. The first session in the morning is Basic Negotiations – it covers the background on the law and practice of labor negotiations in schools. It is great information to help board members and administrators gain a common understanding of the law and get on the same page!  The afternoon session on March 14 deals with grievance processing, from how to handling a hearing, to the basics of contract language to writing letters of understanding and last chance agreements. It is a day filled with good, practical information that will save you time and effort and help you, “get it right.”


Friday, March 15 covers the topics listed above,  presented by some of the best known and respected  labor and school attorneys in Michigan: Lisa Swem and Martha Marcero of Thrun; Gary Collins from Collins and Blaha; Joe Urban and Barb Ruga from Clark Hill;  and Eric Griggs and Brad Banasik from MASB. This represents a major opportunity to ask questions and hear the perspective from several attorneys from major firms representing schools!


In addition to the legal perspective, you’ll be hearing from Scott Fritz from SET SEG who will talk the most recent developments in the Affordable Care Act, and from a panel of experts that includes a June Pettyplace, a UniServ from the MEA, and Dave Hecker, the Executive Director of AFT Michigan, who will talk about developing relationships with your staff under the new law. Additionally, Bob Dwan from the Michigan School Business Officials will discuss and demonstrate how to do simple and easy to understand budget projections.