In this edition:
Good News From The Table: Rally! | Parking Patrol woes | Wins on sick leave
July 19th: RALLY!!
At Chapman Square, SW 4th and Main, 4:30 to 6:30. Be there to show our power to management and help your bargaining team win at the table! We know that many downtown workers don’t get off work until 5, so if that’s you, please come after you are off of work. If you work somewhere else, and you need transportation to the rally, please email email@example.com and let us know-we’re working on transportation for everyone who wants to attend, no matter your worksite.
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Good News from the Table
The City did not provide a comprehensive counter offer addressing wages and benefits. However, we were able to make progress on some smaller, unresolved issues.
Article 1. Today we reached a Tentative Agreement with the City on Article 1. In addition to some very minor language cleanup, this was a victory for our Unions because we were able to secure rights for all retirees to return to work for a limited amount of time, as well as limiting the amount of time that rehired retirees can work. Reaching this agreement allows new retirees to be able to bridge the gap that some people experience between their last paycheck and their first retirement benefit payment. In addition, by limiting the amount of time each rehired retiree can work, we can avoid the problem of rehired retirees staying on indefinitely, which in the past has resulted in work and jobs being unavailable for new workers indefinitely.
Sick Leave Win
There was major movement by the City on sick leave today. The City agreed to drop their very general sick leave “abuse” and “misuse” language that could have created problems for our members who legitimately use their sick leave. Sick leave is a benefit that we all earn and should be able to use when we are sick, without fear of arbitrary punishment by managers. This was a definite victory for our Unions!
Parking Enforcement Shift Differential
The City has already proposed removing a key letter of agreement that would significantly alter our Parking Enforcement members’ lunch and break times, and their ability to use leave without pay for documented illnesses. Now they are standing firm on the swing shift start time of 12:00pm. The City has agreed to increase the amounts paid for shift differentials, but the change in start times would have a negative financial impact for over a third of the Parking Enforcement staff. We continue to fight for all our members, and Parking Enforcement staff need our support now more than ever.
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