CAS Attorneys Paul Pagano and Brad Stuhler presented an informative CAS Contract Negotiations Workshop for local unit leaders who will soon embark on contract negotiations for their local CAS unit. The workshop, conducted via Zoom on Thursday, March 9th at 4:00 pm, centered on educating Administrator Negotiation Teams and CAS Unit Presidents on contract negotiations strategies. The virtual workshop provided the participants’ opportunities to share ideas and network with colleagues in other administrative units in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. During this interactive experience, Brad and Paul detailed suggestions for structuring negotiation teams and collecting the appropriate data before initiating contract negotiations. They also focused on the benefits of thoughtfully timing contract negotiations, developing realistic expectations, gathering relevant data, and understanding what procedures to expect during the process.
Items of concern included understanding the difference between formal negotiations and informal negotiations, what data to use and how to use it, the impact of the 2% Tax Cap and inflation, and the lingering effects of COVID on negotiations. The workshop also touched on the legal aspects and significant restrictions related to the Taylor Law and the Triborough Amendment. Each topic presented generated discussions that helped the participants understand the potential impact on their negotiations.
Brad and Paul provided detailed practical guidance, best practice examples, and common-sense strategies for successful negotiations. The large number of enthusiastic participants attending reflected local concerns related to state aid and Federal assistance to local communities. Consequently, several units planned for individual follow-up with their CAS attorney.
Upcoming CAS Workshops:
Workshop Title: Financial Literacy: Will I be Ready and Able to Retire as Planned?
Presenters: Andrew Buttelman of Lincoln Investment and Special Guest Speaker, David Daly
Date and Time: Wednesday and Thursday, April 19th and 20th, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Melville Marriott Hotel, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747
Although this was not a professional development training workshop, CAS is a certified NYSED Continuing Teacher Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor and successful participants earned two (2) hours of CTLE professional development credit applicable toward the hours needed for continuing certification.
Upcoming CAS CTLE Workshops are scheduled throughout the school year and communicated through email and the www.casliny.com website.