Cases & Deals

EF negotiates first labor contract with News Guild

Clients EF International Language Schools, Inc.

Jones Day negotiated EF International Language Schools, Inc.’s ("EF") first labor contract with the News Guild covering its English teachers in Boston. The agreement was reached after negotiations lasted almost two years. The contract broadly preserves EF’s ability to exercise its management and operational discretion without Guild challenge through arbitrations or mid-term bargaining demands, including critical flexibility to schedule and change classes/hours based on fluctuating student enrollments. The contract also preserves EF’s discretion to make mid-term benefit plan changes and ties a significant portion of pay increases to classroom performance.