We also discussed the state's failure to fulfill the obligations of a side letter that refers to the Fish and Wildlife Specialist (Lead) classification.
Today, Local 1000 returned to the negotiating table to meet with representatives from the state and continue bargaining for our new contract. The state spent the last two weeks reviewing the proposals we gave them in April - 31 Master Table proposals affecting all Local 1000-represented employees, and 50 different proposals affecting our nine individual bargaining units.
During that same time, the bargaining team took this opportunity to host seven town hall and 158 worksite meetings up and down the state. They updated members and encouraged them to become active because each member is critical to a successful contract fight. Before and after each town hall meeting, bargaining team members spoke one-on-one with attendees, connecting with them on a more personal level to hear their comments and answer their questions.
Dear Unit 11 employee:
Today our bargaining team met with the state to present proposals, which pertain specifically to our unit. These proposals seek to protect our existing contract language and improve our unit specific interests.
At the table, the team held discussions with the State regarding the imbalance of pay between Engineering Technicians and Engineering Associates versus other units in state service that perform engineering functions. In addition, we addressed issues regarding the Lab Assistant classification and employees who perform phlebotomy functions. The Unit 11 team will be making full presentations on these issues when we meet next with the State.
Proposals presented today:
Unit 11 Bargaining Chair
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