Indiana becomes the 25th state to enact a collective bargaining law for teachers. Teachers were granted bargaining rights that included not just salary and salary-related benefits, but hours and a wide-variety of discussable items such as working conditions, curriculum, textbooks, teaching methods, class sizes and much more. These were permitted to be bargained, because they had been in the prior, mutually agreed contract.
1972 – 2011
Over the decades, there were several administrative and judicial decisions interpreting the enacted law but very few substantive amendments.
In April, then Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law a statute restricting bargaining to only salary and salary-related benefits. All subjects of bargaining except salary and salary-related benefits were prohibited. Previously bargainable items such as the school calendar, dual credit or other postsecondary credit programs, evaluations and more, including the previously bargained discussable items mainly impacting working conditions, were eliminated.
The Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB) was given administrative authority and oversight of the bargaining process and content of agreements. Supplemental payments to certain teachers were specifically excluded from bargaining, even though they were clearly wage-related.
Further expanded IEERB authority.
Replaced performance grants and stipends with the Teacher Appreciation Grant program as a discussable item, not a bargainable one, even though a stipend is clearly a wage-related issue.
Added the requirement that there be two public hearings related to the negotiations of the bargained agreement.
Excluded payments made under the Student Learning Recovery Grant program from bargaining.