Non-teaching school staff can use binding arbitration under bill advanced by committee

Non-teaching school staff can use binding arbitration under bill advanced by committee

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Non-teaching school district employees could use binding arbitration to settle disciplinary disputes under legislation approved by the Assembly Labor Committee today.

The bill (A3664), sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, places the burden of proof on the employer in arbitration cases.

“Arbitration is a proven tool for resolving grievances between teachers and their school district employers,” said Dancer. “Opening the process to non-teaching staff is fair and consistent. School employees don’t have to be teachers to contribute to the educational effectiveness of our schools.”

Non-teaching staff will be able to bring any dispute over disciplinary action to arbitration, including termination or non-renewal, reprimands, and the withholding incremental increases.