ERIC Number: ED350652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-8
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of the Public Employment Relations Act on Local School Districts.
Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Div. of Legislative Audit.
Findings of a study that examined the effectiveness of Alaska's Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) on labor relations between school employees and local school districts are presented in this report. Methodology involved: (1) document analysis; (2) interviews with members of professional organizations, district administrators, presidents and members of local teachers' unions and support personnel negotiating teams, and the hearing examiner of the Alaska Labor Relations Agency (ALRA); and (3) a survey of the presidents of local NEA-affiliated unions and 51 district superintendents. The survey elicited a 75 percent district response rate. Background information on the organization and function of the ALRA and state labor legislation are also presented. Findings indicate that the length of negotiation time, legal service costs, and use of professional negotiators have remained unchanged. However, much uncertainty exists about what issues can be negotiated in collective bargaining. Recommendations are made to continue coverage of public school employees under PERA provisions and for passing legislation to clarify negotiable issues. One table is included. Appendices contain the survey findings and agency responses. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau. Div. of Legislative Audit.
Identifiers: Alaska; Public Employment Relations Act (Alaska 1990)