Collective Bargaining

As a result of Virginia General Assembly-approved legislation that became effective in May 2021, counties, cities, and towns in Virginia (including School Boards) can now bargain collectively with employees upon adopting an authorizing ordinance or resolution. Collective bargaining is a process by which an employer (such as APS), negotiates with a group of employees (a bargaining unit) that is represented by a bargaining agent (such as a union or association) over terms and conditions of employment.

Proposed Resolution 

The Arlington School Board is expected to adopt a resolution regarding collective bargaining on May 26. The proposed Resolution sets forth the structure of collective bargaining in APS to more formally allow employee groups to organize and express their views as a group through representatives. It also defines the scope of collective bargaining and outlines the following bargaining units, grouping employees with similar interests:

  • Licensed Personnel
  • Support Personnel
  • Administrative Personnel

 Next Steps  

The goal is to have collective bargaining agreements in place and in effect for FY 2024.  

  • May 12, 2022: Approval of FY 2023 budget, authorizing the hiring of a Director of Labor Relations
  • May 26, 2022: Action item for School Board vote to approve Resolution on May 26, 2022
  • Summer 2022: Hire Director of Labor Relations. Once the Director of Labor Relations is hired and employee association(s) elected, collective bargaining will commence


Proposed Resolution­—Collective Bargaining