We need stronger and smarter contracts. We are getting beaten at contract negotiations every time. Take a look at these news excerpts about other union contracts.
The salaries of San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies are at least 7 percent higher than those of deputies in eight other Bay Area counties, and they’ll receive a 3 percent bump in 2015 thanks to the Board of Supervisors.
“I’m glad to see they’re making 7 percent more,” said Supervisor Don Horsley, the county’s former sheriff. “San Mateo County has a much higher cost to live in the county than Alameda, Solano, and Contra Costa counties.”
Gina Papan, who has been endorsed by the Deputy Sheriffs Association, said she had not reviewed the agreement but understands that, “significant concessions were made and the county is saving millions on this contract.” The Deputy Sheriffs’ Political Action Committee also made a $37,000 expenditure in support of Papan’s campaign, for a mailer.
County Human Resources Director Donna Vaillancourt said the county originally decided to guarantee deputies they would get at least 3 percent more than others because it was having difficulty recruiting and training quality candidates. With the current economy, that is no longer the case, she said.- Mercury News
Reviewing this you will notice a couple things. First, great example of smart contracting adding a 1% above the nine Bay Area compared counties. You will notice some very supporting statements from Human Resources stating the original amount was 3%. Secondly, Supervisor Horsley points out the much higher cost of living in San Mateo County. Thirdly, support from a politician that there association had endorsed. This significantly shows not only smart contracting but the power of building working relationships.
Another example of a local union is the SEIU 1021 Nurses Union. San Francisco Nurses Ratify a Contract With Safe Staffing Levels.
96% of Registered Nurses in the City and County of San Francisco overwhelmingly ratified a new contract today after months of consistent actions highlighting the impacts of inadequate staffing levels and the need for sustainable wages.
The one-year contract (which begins July 1) marks a major victory for Registered Nurses throughout the City and County of San Francisco hospitals, clinics and community. It starts with a $0.75% one-time bonus, with a total 3.25% COLA and with a 7.5% Medical Emergency Response Team Differential.
Other contract benefits include:
Dedicated break coverage for units with Title 22 ratios
Increased staffing for Med Surg, Laguna Honda, SFGH Emergency Department, PACU, Psychiatry and Maternal Child Health
Part-time employees may apply for full-time reassignment
Fast tracked processes for tuition reimbursement
$50,000 life insurance for covered employees
Reviewing SEIU 1021 Nurse Union you will notice they came together and made the public aware of the problems. Also you will notice that they agreed to a 1 year contract and got many of the items they wanted with NO TAKEAWAYS!
We need stronger and smarter contracts. We need transparency and communication with the membership before and during negotiations. Our members should now everything that is going on during contract negotiations. In my opinion, NOTHING should be changed or given away without the members knowledge. I believe in Voting on the Tentative Agreements, I believe in open communication, I believe in conducting surveys to see what you are interested in and what you want done.
In closing, I would like to say I am a person with experience, a person you can depend on, a person that will voice the concerns of and represent each and everyone one of you, a person that will put in 110% is the type of person you need in serving as your DSA President.
I would be honored if you would vote for me as your President.