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Indiana Education Employment Relations Board

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School employers and any exclusive representative for certificated employees must collectively bargain the teachers' contract.


The mandatory subjects of bargaining listed in IC 20-29-6-4  are salary, wages, and salary and wage related fringe benefits, including accident, sickness, health, dental, vision, life, disability, retirement benefits, and paid time off (IC 20-28-9-11) are permitted to be bargained.  A grievance procedure is permissible.  The following items are no longer bargained:  Supplemental Master’s Payments pursuant to Indiana Code Section 20-28-9-1.5, Teacher performance grants pursuant to Indiana Code Section 20-43-10-3, and Increases based on teacher performance grants pursuant to Indiana Code Section 20-43-10-3.


School Corporations and the corporation Exclusive Representation may informally bargain before August 1st.  Formal bargaining begins August 1st and must conclude by September 30th.  If parties are unable to settle a contract by October 2nd and ratify by October 9th, then IEERB declares impasse and assigns a mediator. The mediator has 30 days to meet 1-3 times with the parties to settle the contract.  If the parties have not settled at the end of the mediation period, then they must submit and exchange a last, best offer.  At that time IEERB will appoint a factfinder.  The factfinder will conduct an investigation and a hearing and will select one party’s last, best offer or a joint last, best offer as the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. 

Pre-Impasse Mediation

IEERB will provide mediation services during collective bargaining when requested by the parties.  The cost will be split by the parties.  See IEERB’s Pre-Impasse Mediation Policy for more details.

Pre-Impasse Mediation Request Form 

NPD Doc No. 2015-1: Pre-Impasse Mediation 

IEERB Collection

IEERB collects information from parties throughout the Collective Bargaining & Impasse process.  Parties are required to:

  1. Complete the Bargaining Status Form: Pre-Impasse by October 2 on Gateway
  2. Upload the ratified and signed teachers' contract by October 9 to Gateway (unless the parties are at impasse).
  3. Complete the Collective Bargaining Report by December 1 on Gateway.