July 27 Bargaining Update
The company has responded to your Committee’s counter offer, it was accepted. Please see the memorandum file below.
Your Bargaining Committee is recommending this offer.
Questions? Clarity? Contact your Regional Committee Representative or Business Representative
The voting schedule will be posted shortly, and absentee ballots will be available for those unable to vote in person.
Your Bargaining Committee
Memorandum of Agreement (final) July27 PDF
Your Bargaining Committee has been to the table over a dozen times since bargaining began in April, here is a brief description.
We have been able to gain some small improvements in benefits and allowances and achieved an improvement to travel time. We have been able to retain the language regarding seniority over skill and ability.
The company has been telling the employees, through their town hall meetings/all employee calls, that this year has been better than forecasts. The parts and service revenue numbers for all regions are in the black and are expected to continue in that direction. Some areas are experiencing difficulty in recruiting new employees and retaining current employees. Overtime is the norm, some employees are told to work as much overtime as they want.
We have concluded the majority of the language terms and we’re working to get to a monetary package that will satisfy all members. This is a difficult stage with the company wanting to contain costs and the committee trying to make amends for previous years of no increase and low percentages. Your bargaining committee feels that with the current economic conditions, this year is our best opportunity to recover for those lean years.
It was brought to the committee this morning that the company has leaked their wage proposal to the membership. This has been expressed as their best offer. The tradition of dealing with the issues at the bargaining table until we have a package that can be taken to the members has been lost. Your committee feels that this information has again weakened the fragile trust between the members and employer. Your committee will be discussing this turn of the events with the company.
Details will be shared shortly.
Your bargaining committee
The bargaining committees met for 2 days last week and dealt with most of the remaining non-monetary proposals.
The outstanding language issues are regarding skill and ability for posting opportunities and layoff, students, and classification definitions.
Monetary issue discussions will be continued, our next round of meetings in 2 weeks.
Your Bargaining Committee continues to remind the company that job security is paramount to the members and is not negotiable.