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MASBO Business Administrator's Bookshelf: Human Resource MGT: Labor Relations & Employee Agreements
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In memorium

“Pupils equal dollars, dollars equal pupils”– Dr. Leo P. Turo


Educational Enterprise

Financial Resource Management

Human Resource Management

Facility Management

Property Acquisition and Management

Information Management

Ancillary Services



Human Resource Management



C. Labor Relations and Employment Agreements


1.         Town Counsel, Town Labor Counsel, or School Committee Labor Counsel

2.         Right To Know (

3.         Workers Compensation and Employee Right to Know Laws

4.         Massachusetts Municipal Association Labor & Personnel Links (

5.         PASBO Electronic Resource Center (

6.         US Dept. of Labor (

7.         Funding Collective Bargaining Agreements

a. At their inception

1.   Boston Teachers Union (1982)

2.   Somerville case (1999)

b. Mid-year overspending under per shift staffing clauses

                  1.         Billerica Fire (1993)

c. Monitoring budgetary assumptions

d. Expensive vacation and sick leave buyouts

1.     How to budget?

2.     Accounting for unfunded liability

8.            Enforcing Collective Bargaining Agreements

                      G.L. c. 41, §56  warrants for payments of bills

a.                Oral disagreements/ “past practice”

b.                “Old” side letters

c.                Full annual payments for de minimus service

9.         Primacy of External Law

a.                Hidden perks with IRS or other implications

10.         Take home vehicles

11.         Clothing allowance

a.                Bi-weekly pay statues: Does it accord treasurers new rights?

12.         Improvement Communication and Clarity

a.                Involvement in bargaining

b.                Analysis of the MOAs- “added to the base”

c.                Keeping records of pay practices


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