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                     NEGOTIATION PRACTICES AND PROCESS

The Little Rock School District Board of Education wishes to establish a working
relationship with all employees which will result in a working environment which will be
as productive, efficient, and creative as possible. The Board of Education is willing to
allow groups of employees to establish the type of relationship they would like to have
with the Board of Education, including the communication process between the Board
and the employees. Staff members will have the opportunity to work with their
supervisors to determine their working conditions, to use the process of "Meet and
Confer," or to select the process of negotiations.


                       RECOGNITION OF NEGOTIATING PRACTICES

While there is no legal obligation on the part of the Board of Education to negotiate with
employee groups, the Little Rock School District Board of Education will voluntarily
enter into negotiated agreements with certain classifications of non-management
employees. It is the desire of the Board to extend negotiating rights on economic
conditions of employment, e.g., salaries and fringe benefits, to these classifications of
employees, as long as this arrangement is beneficial to the employees and to the
District as determined by the Board of Education. Recognition of the right to negotiate
will be granted under the following conditions:

      A. That such recognition of the rights to negotiate be deemed by the Board of
         Education to be in the best interest of the employees and the District.

      B. That such negotiating practice will be a voluntary practice of the individual
         groups of employees.

      C. That the Board of Education will recognize the official representatives of
         those individual groups.

      D. That in the opinion of the Board of Education, the employees to be
         represented have a community of interests, including but not limited to, the
         following:

           1. Similarity of duties, skills, interests, and working conditions of employees.

           2. Similar placement in the Little Rock School District organizational
              structure. For the purpose of this policy, the Board identifies the following
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          groups to have differing community of interests: security officers; bus
          drivers; maintenance workers; custodians; food service workers; clerical
          personnel; paraprofessionals; nurses; and teachers. If it can be shown
          that a different community of interest does exist, the Board of Education
          will be willing to combine those groups into a community for the purpose
          of negotiations, and reserves the right to do so. (Upon the decision of
          the Board of Education to alter the defined groups, this policy will be
          edited to reflect the change.)

      3. The following positions will be excluded from the above groups because
         of their direct relationship with management: executive assistants and the
         staff assistant in the superintendent's office. Any employee who has
         access to information subject to use by the Board of Education in the
         negotiations or meet and confer process also will be excluded from the
         groups.

 E. While the Board is willing to negotiate with employee groups under the above
    conditions, it also recognizes the necessity to reserve for the Board and the
    administration, certain management rights, including, but not limited to
    establishment of policy; to determine qualifications, hire, direct, assign,
    suspend, demote, promote all employees; and to establish the work year. In
    this vein, the Board directs that an acceptable management rights clause be
    part of every negotiated agreement.


                    PERSONNEL SERVICE OBLIGATIONS

 F. Any employee organization will not cause or permit its members to cause, nor
    will any member of the organization take part in any curtailment of work or
    restriction of services or interference with the operations of the District in any
    manner in those areas affecting work responsibility. The organization will not
    support the action of any employee taken in violation of this article nor will it
    directly or indirectly take reprisals of any kind against an employee who
    continues the full, faithful, and proper performance of his/her contractual
    duties, obligations, or refuses to participate in any strike or curtailment of work
    or restriction of services activity.

     Violation of this policy or Arkansas law by an organization will cause the Board
     of Education to remove recognition of the organization and terminate



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          any contract. Violation of this policy or Arkansas law by any employee will
          cause the Board of Education to terminate the employee.

          The Board agrees that as long as recognition is granted, and a valid contract
          remains in force, the Board will not participate in a lockout.


                                          PROCESS

A.    Initial Recognition

      For a group to be initially recognized, or to challenge the recognition of the present
      representative, the following procedure shall be followed:

      A valid petition calling for a representative election will be presented to the Board
      of Education. For a petition to be valid it must (1) contain at least a majority of the
      signatures of the employee group, or be accompanied with a statement from a
      certified public accountant, mutually agreed to, that a majority of the employees of
      the group are bona fide dues paying members of an organization representing the
      group, and (2) be presented to the Board prior to December 1 of the school year.

      Petitions may be circulated only in the month of November. The Board may ask
      the Human Resources Office to verify the signatures of the employees. If the
      petition is valid, the Board will schedule an election to select or decertify an official
      representative.

B.    Continued Recognition

      Once an organization has been recognized as the official representative of an
      employee group, the following procedures will be followed:

      The organization must present certified verification that it represents at least a
      majority of the employees of the employee group. To determine whether or not an
      organization represents a majority of the employees in the group, the Human
      Resources Office will provide the organization a list of all of the persons employed
      in the group on December 1. The organization will present a statement from a
      certified public accountant, mutually agreed to, verifying that a majority of the
      employees on the list were bona fide dues paying members of the organization on
      December 1. Such verification will be presented to the Board by January 15.



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       If the organization fails to provide such verification by January 15, the Board will
       withdraw its recognition of the group. The Board will schedule an election to
       determine the desire of the employees concerning representation.

 C. Elections

       1.    The ballot used for representation elections will be approved by the
             Board and will include an option to the issue being considered.

       2.    The election will be conducted by the Human Resources Office and will
             be by secret ballot.

       3.    In order for an employee representative to be recognized, it must receive in
             the election at least a majority of the votes of the total number of
             employees in the employee group.

       4.    Campaigning on District property will not be allowed.

       5.    The cost of the petition and the cost of the election will be paid by the
             organization petitioning the Board.

D.    Harassment

      Harassment or coercion of employees concerning joining or not joining or voting or
      not voting for an employee group will not be allowed. Such conduct is grounds for
      invalidating the results of an election or withdrawing continued recognition of a
      representative.

E.    Non-compliance

      Non-compliance with any of these regulations will be grounds for the Board to
      revoke the recognition or the privilege to negotiate with the Board. Continued
      recognition of any employee group bargaining representative will be contingent
      upon both of the following:

      1. Continued belief on the part of the Board of Education that such recognition is
         in the best interest of the employees and the District; and




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     2. Continued desire on the part of the employees of that particular group that
        continued recognition is desirable.




Adopted: April 22, 1999


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