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ERIC Number: ED140889
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Dec-3
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Scope of Collective Bargaining in Pennsylvania Community Colleges.
Woodbury, Kenneth B., Jr.
This paper contains an analysis of case law as it relates to the scope of bargainable issues and its possible impact on public two-year postsecondary institutions in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's Public Employee Relations Act defines three categories of collective bargaining issues: (1) mandatory subjects of negotiation, (2) permissive issues of management rights, and (3) illegal provisions in violation of state statute or municipal home rule charters. Although the enabling legislation has been in existence only since 1970, a succession of court cases (both state and federal), rulings by the National Labor Relations Board and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board, and arbitration cases, have led to its legal interpretation. While mandatory and prohibited issues have been well defined, no state court cases have been decided at the highest level regarding permissive issues. A review of the ten existing Pennsylvania collective bargaining agreements reveals that a great many permissive issues involving educational policy and governance have been bargained. Whether the colleges knew these issues could have been avoided entirely cannot be ascertained. Permissive issues must be carefully delineated by the colleges and specified at the bargaining table. They should not be negotiated without reciprocal consessions secured from the collective bargaining unit. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania