Collective Bargaining

What is collective bargaining?

Collective bargaining is a process of negotiation between an employer and a group of employees aimed at agreements to regulate working salaries, working conditions, benefits, and other aspects of workers' compensation and rights for workers.  Collective bargaining is also referred to as a contract negotiation.

What unions negotiate collective bargaining agreements/contracts with the Rochester School District?

Rochester Education Association (REA) represents teachers, counselors and other certificated instructional staff.

Rochester Educational Support Personnel (RESP) represents instructional assistants, secretaries, librarians and other building-level classified staff.

Teamsters represent maintenance and custodial staff.

Rochester Coaches Association represent athletic coaches and the concessions manager.

How often do unions negotiate collective bargaining agreements/contracts in Rochester School District?

Collective bargaining agreements/contracts vary in length.  Generally, they cover a time period of one to three years. Currently, all collective bargaining agreement/contracts in RSD run from September 1st thru August 31st for the agreed upon number of years.

When does collective bargaining occur?

Collective bargaining can occur at any time of the year.  Traditionally, negotiations occur the spring and summer prior to their August 31st expiration.


What happens if collective bargaining agreements/contracts expire before a new collective bargaining agreement/contract is reached?

The expiring collective bargaining agreement/contract automatically remains in place until an agreement is reached.