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The board recognizes the right of staff to join labor organizations of their own choosing and to be represented by such organizations in the negotiations of such matters and according to such procedures as may be required by law or agreement of the parties. The board shall engage in collective bargaining with the properly designated bargaining units and shall abide by collective bargaining agreements reached with such properly designated bargaining units.
The chief negotiator representing the district shall be appointed by the board upon the recommendation of the superintendent. The chief negotiator shall advise and inform the board regarding negotiations in progress and shall negotiate within parameters recommended by the superintendent and established by the board. Any agreements reached by the chief negotiator shall not be binding until formally approved by the board.
Unless expressly provided otherwise by authorization of the board of directors, exempt employees who are excluded from a bargaining unit by State law will receive the benefits contained in the sections entitled "Insurance Benefits," "Leaves" (except Sabbatical Leave) and "Travel Allowance," as specified in the collective bargaining agreement with the Tacoma Education Association and "Holidays and Vacations" as specified in the collective bargaining agreement with the Tacoma Association of Public School Professional and Technical Employees. In addition, "Work Day," as specified in the collective bargaining agreement with the Tacoma Association of Public School Professional and Technical Employees shall apply to exempt secretaries. Exempt employees are eligible for payment of up to $350 per year for professional development and/or membership dues to professional organizations approved by the superintendent.
Legal References: RCW 41.56.060 Determination of bargaining unit--Bargaining representative
41.59.070 Election to ascertain exclusive bargaining representative, when--Run off election--Decertification election
Adoption Date: 10/28/1999