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CAS Attorney 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 Wednesday, April 6th at 4:00 pm, centered on educating Administrator Negotiation Teams and CAS Unit Presidents of 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 detailed suggestions for structuring negotiation teams and collecting the appropriate data before initiating contract negotiations. He 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, the impact of the 2% Tax Cap, and the fears generated by the instructional and structural modifications caused by the COVID pandemic. 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 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 13th and 14th, 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 website.


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