Update – August 4, 2011
Read more details about the Tentative Agreement here (PDF) and find out why the Negotiating Team is recommending a YES VOTE. If you have more questions, come to today’s meeting at 6 p.m., 2302 Zanker Road, and get your questions answered.
The Negotiating Team reached a tentative agreement today at 6:30 a.m. after pulling a marathon negotiating session Tuesday through Wednesday morning.
Thanks to all the hard work of our members and Contract Action Team, we had the strength at the table to reach a fair and equitable agreement given the tough economy and tough budget climate.
Yes, the Tentative Agreement includes tough cuts such as 10 furlough days the first year and 4 furlough days the second year.
But overall, WE BEAT BACK huge draconian cuts that management proposed back in April:
* WE BEAT BACK a 6% permanent wage reductions
* WE BEAT BACK 3 years of step increase freezes
* WE BEAT BACK 7% increase in contribution to retirement
* WE BEAT BACK A lower retirement plan for new hires
* WE BEAT BACK $25 co-pays for Kaiser and Health Net
* WE BEAT BACK premium payments for Kaiser and increased premium payments for Health Net
* WE BEAT BACK cuts to retiree health benefits
* WE BEAT BACK weaker overtime rules
* WE BEAT BACK contributing $51.40 per pay period into our retiree medical costs
Our Negotiating Team unanimously recommends a Yes Vote to pass what we consider a fair and equitable contract.
Many members will have questions and want additional details on the Tentative Agreement. Negotiating Team members will be at the voting site to address all questions. Due to the short timeline, the Tentative Agreement document (with all i’s dotted and t’s crossed) will be made available to all members on the voting day – and sooner if at all possible.
Our ratification vote is this Saturday, August 6, from 12 – 6 p.m. We specifically set this time to accommodate the various concerns about weekend works shifts. There will be rotating presentations about the Tentative Agreement every hour starting at Noon.
WHAT: Ratification Vote of Tentative Agreement
WHEN: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday, August 6
WHERE: Parkside Hall, 180 Park Avenue, San Jose
USE MAIN ENTRANCE: Please enter from the Park Avenue side.
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