Consultation Agreements

As you may know, Texas is a “right to work” (RTW) state. RTW supporters say that this gives people the personal freedom to choose whether or not to join a union. What it actually means, is that people are free to join the union but are equally free to choose to free-ride on the work the union is doing, but without paying their fair share.

Also in Texas, collective bargaining is explicitly illegal, except for Police, Fire, and EMS workers. Teachers and educational staff are denied from being able to collectively bargain. Thanks to the late Texas AFT President Linda Bridges, however, we have the closest thing to it in Austin: Elective Consultation.

Under elective consultation, we are able to negotiate with AISD as the sole consultation agent. Education Austin has been elected as the sole Consultation Agent to represent all non-management employees in the district and discuss issues that concern them. These include wages, benefits, workplace safety, and conditions of employment. AISD’s board policy defines consultation as “advice, counsel, and exchange of information on matters pertaining to educational policies and conditions of employment.” All AISD employees are able to vote on who they want to represent them, and every time, they have voted for Education Austin.

We reach consultation agreements in consultation with the district. These are written documents created when the school board ratifies an agreement between Education Austin and AISD to change a policy or procedure for AISD. Some of these consultation agreements are then written into AISD policy. Others stand alone as agreements, which are typically enforced as if they were policy.

Each of these consultation agreements represents a victory for all employees in AISD. So despite being in an “RTW” state, we’re still doing great work.

Our Consultation Team

Our consultation team meets monthly with the district to bargain and approve consultation agreements based on needs and issues of our membership and worksites.

Caroline Sweet

Perez Elementary,
Instructional Coach

Emily Sharin

Patton Elementary,
Teacher Assistant

Ken zarifis

education austin President

Trasell Underwood

education austin VICE-President

Below you’ll find links to all of our consultation agreements dating back to 1999 when Education Austin was born.








  • Employee Insurance (Link coming soon)
  • Cafeteria Employee Uniforms (Link coming soon)
  • Employee Compensation Effective SY 2016-17 (Link coming soon)



  • SY 2015-16 Safe School Bus Professional Development (Link coming soon)
  • SY 2015-16 Safe School Bus Act Implementation and Support (Link coming soon)
  • SY 2015-16 National Board Certification (Link coming soon)
  • SY 2014-2015 Employee Compensation (Link coming soon)
  • SY 2014-2015 Employee Health Insurance (Link coming soon)


  • Spanish Language Communication for Classified Employees (Link coming soon)
  • Special Education Stipend for CAC Counselors (Link coming soon)
  • Bilingual Education Stipend for Counselors (Link coming soon)
  • Addendum – Classified Employee Attendance Incentive Program (Link coming soon)
  • Resolution – Term of Office (Link coming soon)
  • SY 2013-2014 Employee Compensation (Link coming soon)
  • Health Insurance for Qualifying Individuals (Link coming soon)