Authors: Senator Carlin Yoder, Senator Dennis Kruse
Sponsors: Representative Jerry Torr
Co-Sponsors: Representative Jud McMillin
Adds a definition of "professional employee organization". Provides that a school employer shall submit a copy of the affidavit submitted by the exclusive representative indicating the number of teachers who are members of the exclusive representative to the board. Provides that if the Indiana education employment relations board (board) determines that the affidavit indicates that the exclusive representative does not represent a majority of the employees, the board shall investigate the affidavit. Provides that after investigation by the board, the board may, if necessary, hold a hearing concerning representation by the school employee organization, and, based on the results of the hearing, direct an election by secret ballot within the bargaining unit to determine representation. Provides that an election based on the investigation of an affidavit may be held only once in a five year period. Removes a requirement that a school corporation submit its local salary schedule to the department for posting on the department's Internet web site. Provides that the board must rule on an appeal of a factfinder's decision within 60 days of receipt of the notice of appeal. Provides that factfinding by a factfinder may not last longer than 30 days. Provides that the public hearing for a collective bargaining impasse proceeding may begin not earlier than October 1 in the first year of the state budget biennium and must be concluded by February 1 of the year following the commencement of bargaining. Requires the board to develop and maintain a form summarizing a school employee's rights and protections. Requires a school corporation, beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, to distribute the form to the school corporation's employees. Requires a school corporation to establish and maintain procedures or policies that provide equal treatment of and equal access for professional employee organizations.