Navigating Collective Bargaining Through a Time of Change

Learn about new changes to collective bargaining and what it means for you

April 13, 2017
9 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Meadows Events & Conference Center
Altoona, IA 50009

Many significant changes to Iowa's collective bargaining law were made during this legislative session. So, what are the new changes? How will they impact your school district? How can you maintain a positive district culture?  We are pleased to announce we have developed a conference dedicated to all things collective bargaining to help you understand how to navigate through this time of change. 

Space is limited

Conference Sessions

ABC’s of House File 291
Learn the basics of the new changes to collective bargaining, educator employment matters, and personnel records.
Eric Howard, HR Services Director, IASB

Collective Bargaining: The New Normal
How will changes to Chapter 20 impact your negotiations process? Learn about the changes and how this impacts your district.
Drew Bracken, Shareholder, Ahlers & Cooney P.C.

Teacher Contracts and Performance
Understand how the changes to Chapter 279 and 284 will impact your board’s choices in certain employment situations.
George Blazek, Attorney, Franck & Sextro PLC.

Moving Provisions out of the Master Contract
What should your district do with language that no longer must be included in the master contract? Learn about the options your district has for this language.
Jeff Krausman, Attorney, Dickinson Law Firm

How to Maintain a Positive District Culture in a Time of Change
Changes to collective bargaining could impact your district culture. Find out how to lead in an effective way during this time of change.
Sam Miller, Chief Administrator, AEA 267; Greg Ebeling, Superintendent, Pella; Darwin Lehmann, Superintendent, Forest City; Ed Klamfoth, Superintendent, Waverly Shell-Rock

Wisconsin’s Act 10: Five Years Later
Wisconsin’s elimination of most public sector collective bargaining brought both expected and unexpected changes in relations between Wisconsin school boards and staff. This session will review Wisconsin school boards’ response to Act 10 and offer thoughts on what happens next.
Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

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Fee: $130 for IASB members. After April 3, the fee increases to $160 per attendee. Includes program, materials and lunch.

Hotel Details: 
Individual attendees must make room reservations directly with the hotel at (515) 957-3000 or 800-325-9015, or at using group code 041217IAS. Cut-off date for room rate is 5 p.m. on March 29, 2017.

Important Hotel Update:
 As of 2/1/2017, a valid credit/debit card is required for room and tax, plus $50 incidental hold at the time of check in. If you have any questions, call the hotel front desk at (515) 957-3000.

  For more information, contact Marte Brightman at or by phone at (515) 247-7048.