The Bargaining Team believes we are close to a Tentative Agreement and will continue bargaining today (Tuesday, Aug. 2) until the contract is done.
Here is the progress we want to share so far:
We succeeded in pushing management to drop $20 million in takeaways off the table over the next two years.
We fought off many of the draconian cuts management proposed in late April. For example, we fought off:
- Permanent wage cuts
- Step freezes for three years
- Weaker overtime rules
- Giving new hires a lower retirement plan
- Increased premiums to our Kaiser and Health Net Users
We have a “me, too” clause that ensures that if a group negotiaties a wage or benefit enhancement, we get it too.
We listened to the membership and stuck to furloughs: 10 days the first year and 4 days the second year.
We succeeded in keeping our personal belief days and, plus, we can roll over any unused personal belief days to the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2012.
Stay tuned for a ratification vote coming very soon. Be sure to VOTE YES because none of this will go into effect unless WE VOTE TO APPROVE IT.
The Bargaining Team and Contract Action Team members will be communicating to members in the coming days once a Tentative Agreement is in hand. Stay tuned…