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2018 Bargaining Update
Updated On: Jul 15, 2018

Bargaining timeline

  • July 16 - 10 am to 5 pm
  • June 25 - 8 am to 5 pm
    • The Union made a comprehensive package proposal to settle a fair contract at bargaining Monday morning, June 25. After many long caucuses, the City's team came back with its own proposal which it called their "What If" proposal and said that if the Union does not accept it by July 10 then it is off the table. 
    • Dozens of Local 2067 members attended the June 25 City Council meeting and several members addressed the Council and Mayor about contract negotiations, how HR is refusing to pay correct overtime wages, and the need for employee input in the new mandatory 12-hour shifts due to the water crisis. If you missed the testimony, you can watch it on YouTube. Testimony starts at about minute 55.
  • June 21 - 8 am to 5 pm
    • Bargaining yesterday continued after lunch until about 5:30pm. The City backed off several of its most problematic takebacks but continued to defend its 1% COLA proposal from last bargaining session. The Union bargaining team told the City's team that we DO NOT believe that 1% is a serious offer, that it is a bargaining game that we do not want to play, and that both sides should be prepared Monday to show all of our costing and numbers to back up our proposals.

    • We also gave the City's team copies of testimony that Salem employees plan to give at Monday's City Council meeting. The testimony speaks to the games the City is playing with this process, how Salem has slipped down to below standard in too many areas of pay and benefits, and our members' commitment to quality public service, even when they are being asked to work 12-hour overnight shifts due to the water crisis.

  • June 11 - 8 am to 5 pm (Session details)
  • May 31 - 8 am to 5 pm (Session details)
  • May 7 - Third bargaining session - The bargaining teams started at 7 am and finished after 4 pm. The Union made proposals/counter proposals on the following articles:
    • Representation
    • Holidays
    • Vacation (including increases for 14+ years)
    • Sickness and Injury Leave
    • Other Leaves
    • Hours of Work (including add’l OT language)
    • Working Conditions
    • Vacancies (including more rights for internal promotion)
    • Discipline & Discharge
    • Dispute Settlement
  • April 6 - Second bargaining session - The Union proposed changes to Articles 4, 14, 15, 16 and 18 including the following improvements:
    • Giving internal applicants a better chance at job openings & promotion
    • Improving opportunities for WOC and AIC
    • Adding safety language for our members threatened by the public Creating seniority rights for PTEs
    • Reducing the probationary period to 6 months
    • More opportunities to train Union Stewards
    • Creating the option of a CDL waiver
  • March 9 - First bargaining session held between the City's nine-member team and our six-member team. The City has chosen to hire an outside attorney to act as their spokesperson.
    • Set ground rules for bargaining
    • City made some non-economic proposals.

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