Parker & Covert LLP has vast experience in assisting school districts and community college districts in every aspect of the collective bargaining and negotiation process. Our attorneys are prepared to negotiate employee labor contracts, both at the negotiating table as bargaining team members, or in an advisory capacity for district negotiating teams. We have worked with classified, certificated, supervisory, and police officer bargaining units and have broad knowledge on the negotiating process for Collective Bargaining Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding, and emergency amendments.
We also plan and strategize with our clients to maintain positive relationships with bargaining units, which prevents costly and needless conflict, and results in more positive outcomes for both the districts and all of their employees.
Our attorneys are also available to respond to grievances, provide negotiation training, and where necessary, represent our clients before the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) in responding to unfair practice charges and administrative hearings. We also represent our clients in connection with contractual arbitrations and grievances.
We are trained in and utilize interest-based bargaining, as well as, when necessary, traditional bargaining techniques. In addition to the actual negotiations at the table, we provide advice regarding all aspects of negotiations proposals, for example wages, working conditions, and health benefits, to in excess of 20 different community college and school districts. Our experience includes many successfully negotiated contracts. We also have experience with respect to mediation and, if necessary, fact-finding under the EERA.