NEA-T and Topeka Public Schools have completed interest based bargaining and reached agreement on a contract for certified staff for the 2014-2015 school year. Interest based bargaining is a collaborative form of negotiations where both sides look to resolve interests rather than the traditional form of positional bargaining. Members of NEA-T have ratified the agreement. The Board of Education took action on the agreement at its August 21 meeting.
Both sides are pleased with how the interest based bargaining process went. “Teachers across the district are very happy with the agreement that was reached,” said Bolejack. Robbins said, “I think both sides are happy with the fact that we were able to reach agreement on a package that is mutually beneficial for both the school district and our certified staff.”