May 29, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tentative agreement reached in negotiations between Gresham-Barlow School District and Oregon School Employees Association
Interest-based approach yields agreement after three days of negotiations
On May 25 the Gresham-Barlow School District and the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract. The two groups met for eight hours each day beginning May 23 to develop the tentative agreement. Details will be released once the school board and the union have approved the agreement. The OSEA represents support staff within the district including clerical staff, computer technicians, custodians, and educational assistants.
To develop the agreement, the two groups used an interest-based approach to bargaining. This approach focuses negotiations teams on determining shared interests and working together to identify solutions based on those interests.
“We are pleased with the way the interest-based approach to negotiations worked,” said Superintendent Jim Schlachter. “It was an efficient and effective way of negotiating and it yielded a three-year contract that met the goals of both sides.”
Each side was represented by a team of nine, for a total of 18 participants. Prior to the three days of negotiations, both groups participated in two days of training to learn about the components of interest-based negotiations and how the process works. In interest-based negotiations, every member of the negotiations team participates in the dialogue and works to come up with solutions.
The school board will vote on the tentative agreement at its June 14 school board meeting. Members of the OSEA will vote on the agreement by the end of the school year.
The school district’s current contract with the OSEA expires June 30, 2012. If approved, the new agreement will run from July 1, 2012
through June 30, 2015.