In 1966, the RI General Assembly granted teachers the right to bargain collectively with school districts for salaries, benefits, and a host of other working and learning conditions. A separate law later granted the same rights to public employees in the state. NEA Rhode Island assists 71 local associations with their collective bargaining activities.
The following locals are currently in contract negotiations for the 2011 year:
East Providence (expires 10/31/11)
Portsmouth (teachers ratified; School Committee votes 9/27/11)
Newport (in mediation)
RI School for the Deaf
Educational Support Professionals (ESP)
East Greenwich ESP (in mediation)
North Kingstown ESP (in mediation)
North Smithfield ParaProfessionals
CCRI Professional Staff Association
URI Professional Staff Association
RISD Part-Time Faculty
RISD Technical Association (in mediation)
RWU Faculty (ratification pending)
South Kingstown Municipal
Definition of Terms
Negotiations are meetings between teams of employees and managers for the purpose of reaching agreement on a contract. Mediation takes place when the teams need outside help to reach this agreement. By law, the state provides a mediator when requested by either team, or when an impasse in bargaining occurs. Ratification meetings are held to give members of a local - as well as the management side - the chance to approve or disapprove a tentative agreement.
Directions to the Department of Labor and Training, in the former Howard Complex, Cranston:
FROM THE EAST, follow interstate 95 north or south to route 37 west. Take the Pontiac Ave exit. Bear left at the bottom of the exit onto Pontiac Avenue, heading south. Turn right at the second traffic signal onto Howard Avenue and into the Pastore Complex. Turn right at the first stop sign at West Road. The Department of Labor and Training is the large stone building on the right, behind the yellow Maintenance Building. The left side of the parking lot is close to the entrance.
FROM THE WEST, follow interstate 295 north or south to route 37 east. Take the Oaklawn Avenue exit (route 2 south). At the first traffic signal, turn left into the complex onto Howard Avenue. At the first stop sign, turn left onto West Road. DLT is the large stone building on the right, behind the yellow Maintenance building. The left side of the parking lot is close to the entrance.