Friday, April 19, 2013

"Meet and Confer" - What Does it Mean?


“Meet and confer” is a process that is designed to allow unions, non-represented staff, school boards, and administrators the opportunity to discuss important issues concerning topics related to working conditions.  “Meet and Confer” opportunities are not required by law nor do they provide a mechanism for employee groups or unions to insist upon particular proposals or to resolve disputes. The “Meet and Confer” meetings may not necessarily lead to a decision on a particular topic.  What they will provide is an opportunity to share information, exchange ideas, receive input, and ask questions. The outcomes of the “Meet and Confer” meetings are increased awareness and greater understanding for all parties involved including those who have the authority to make decisions.

Meet and Confer meetings are posted as Open Session meetings. This means that anyone can attend the meeting.  However, it is important to note that the meetings are not open forum.  There are individuals invited to represent groups and to act as a spokesperson for those groups.  There may be times in the meeting that public comments will be accepted.

If you do not know who the representative is for a specific group, please contact the Superintendent’s office at 743-5055.  Meet and Confer meetings are one of many ways the Superintendent and the School Board are using to communicate with employees.

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