- We continue to meet with the City, and try to close the gap between what they are offering and what we are requesting.
- The DCTU and the City meet with a mediator at least once, during at least a 2 week period.
- If we decide to continue to meet, we continue to meet.
- Either side can declare impasse, meaning that they do not believe that further negotiations would be productive. If either side does declare impasse, there is a 30 day “cooling off” period.
- Once impasse is declared, we can take a strike authorization vote of the DCTU membership, which can authorize the bargaining team to call a strike (see last bullet point).
- As early as the 20th day of the cooling off period, we can announce our intention to strike, if the strike authorization vote is approved by the DCTU membership.
- At the end of the cooling off period, the City can force us to accept their last, best and final offer. We can choose to accept the City’s last, best and final offer, or, if the DCTU membership approves a strike authorization vote, we can choose to strike.
On the 27th, the City also announced that it will not be offering a comprehensive counter-proposal to our economic package. This was after they refused to sign off on a number of articles and told us that their package was “generous”, despite the roughly $10M gap between their economic proposal and ours.
Finally, the City told us that they would like to have a separate conversation to follow up on the contractual issues for Parking Enforcement. They said that they would like to propose better compensation for Parking Enforcement, and write in some contractual protections for them instead of creating exceptions for the work group from the existing contract language.
August 3rd update
We met with the City on August 3rd for about 2.5 hours, one of which the City spent caucusing. During that time, the City said there is no additional money beyond the selective increases they had already proposed to pay. Most of those selectives were for employees of revenue-producing bureaus, like Water, Environmental Services (BES) and Development Services (BDS). That means no money for a 2% across-the-board increase for every DCTU worker each year for the 3 years of the contract, no retroactive Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and no pay increases for our lowest-paid workers.
We expressed our frustration at the City’s unwillingness to provide a comprehensive economic counter proposal. They continued to say that their package is “generous”, and that they were not going to make another counter-offer. Their offer does not include premiums for highly-skilled office workers, or a premium for multi-lingual employees. It also does not address the fact that for some series, like the Police Administrative Support Specialists, both sides agree that there is a significant, gender-related pay equity gap.
Your bargaining team is not giving up on our workers! We continue to fight for all DCTU workers!
The last bit of news for August 3rd is that we decided not to accept the City’s most recent proposal for a change to shift start and end times. We had proposed increasing the premiums from their 1997 rates, which is the last time they were increased, and those premiums were never adjusted for inflation. The City agreed to these increases but packaged them with a major change in shift start and end times that would have made it highly unlikely that most of our workers would actually qualify for the new shift differentials. So we rejected the City’s counter-proposal on this issue and are returning to the current contract language (going “back to book”).
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