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5-31-07 !!!! Contract to be sent out to members for vote by all four units. What happens if the Contract is rejected?

If the contract is rejected we may not have a contract in force on July 1. Bargaining would go to fact finding where the Union and the State make their cases. If no agreement is reached, the next step is arbitration and no matter what the findings; the State can refuse to accept the ruling. There is NO legal method to force the State to accept pay increases, or to pay retroactive pay. Not having a contract means that you will continue to work under the current contract while negotiations are continuing and that any money that would have been due on July 1 will have to be bargained for retroactively. UPDATE: If we have no contract the State cannot be made to give step raises when due. This is due to a legal decision handed down several years ago. The bargaining committee voted on Thursday May 31 and all four units voted to send the contract to the members for a vote.
There was a lot of disappointment with the legislature and the governor for not backing employees. The overall tone was that the negotiating team and the Union employees had fought a tremendous battle against attacks on health care, attacks to decertify the union, and politicians looking to make a name by breaking promises to state employees. This years negotiating team operated differently than ever before. Every proposal had to get 100% agreement to bring forward, modify,drop or to accept. The number of TAs at the table showed the strength of units working together. Now it is up to the members.

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May 30th, 2007 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | one comment

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  1. Wow…isn’t technology great. But where do I answer your questions!

    Wouldn’t be the first time I was rejected.

    Comment by Jeff | May 31, 2007

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