In this edition: Faraway, so close
The City presented several “supposals” on May 25th. A supposal is a presentation of a concept that is part of a larger proposal with a price tag attached. It’s not a formal proposal, but it is a way to have a conversation about an issue that can develop into contract language down the road. One of the City-presented supposals was related to employees designated as “essential”, who are required to come to work during snow events and natural disasters. Often, non-essential employees are instructed to stay home but are paid the same as the essential employees that are required to report to work. The City’s supposal for essential employees was that they be paid at the normal rate but be allowed to bank a deferred holiday. The other City-presented supposal is a response to our request for a professional development fund and system for our workers who want to advance their careers. Currently, other workers such as non-represented employees and the members of COPPEA benefit from City-funded professional development opportunities, but there is no such fund or opportunity for DCTU employees.
We still don’t know how far apart we are on economics, because although we’ve presented our economic proposals, the City has not responded to them except to say that they are too expensive. Normally, by this time in the process, both sides have a good idea of where they each are, so they can start to move toward the middle and an agreement. It’s unusual for the City to be so unforthcoming in their financial position, especially this late in the annual City
budget cycle. It’s concerning, and our DCTU bargaining team continues to press for a financial proposal from the City.
As we approach June 30th-and our current contract’s expiration date, there is little sense of urgency coming from the City negotiation team. Our DCTU bargaining team will be doing outreach to members this week, to bring you up to speed on where things are at. Look for us at work site meetings this Thursday.
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As always, look for our Facebook Live posts every Thursday after bargaining at facebook.com/ dctunited, and if you want more info, give us a holler at email@example.com. Also, our DCTU website, dctupdx.org, continues to develop-check back for updates.