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IEERB dismisses NH teachers’ bargaining claims

A hearing examiner with the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board has dismissed six complaints by the North Harrison Classroom Teachers Association that the school corporation and its lawyer violated Indiana’s collective-bargaining law and other rules.
‘This exonerates (former North Harrison Supt.) Monty Schneider and the board,’ said Dr. Phil Partenheimer, who succeeded Schneider last summer. ‘They did everything within the law.’
The ruling comes after two days of testimony in September during which time the NHCTA allegations largely circled around allegations of the corporation’s failure to bargain in good faith, refusal to bargain, failure to bargain, that the corporation committed a violation of the Collective Bargaining Law, the reduction in force (RIF) move that resulted in eight teachers being laid off in 2005, and an incident of bypass by Bob Cambridge, legal counsel for the Board of School Trustees of NHCSC. The timeline for the complaints spanned mostly between 2004 and 2005.
Originally, nine counts of unfair practice were brought before the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board, but both sides agreed to three of those counts being dropped. Also, one paragraph of a fourth count was eliminated from the record.
Marvin V. Pavlov, the hearing examiner, said evidence demonstrates that the school corporation ‘had a reasonable and plausible explanation to all of the allegations’ made by the association.
The NHCTA has 15 days to file an objection to the report.
Some of the North Harrison teachers have begun picketing before and after school hours near the superintendent’s office off S.R. 64 in Ramsey. The NHCTA also has planned a rally prior to the next school board meeting on Thursday, March 13. The rally includes tailgating and guest speakers from 6 to 7 p.m.
North Harrison’s teachers have been working on a contract that expired four years ago. The association is asking for a 1.8-percent pay increase.