CSEA made a dramatic bid to speed up negotiations for a new contract on Thursday of last week. We offered management a proposal for a "total package," one that would resolve all outstanding issues and result in an agreement on an entire contract. We attempted to protect our members' pay and benefits (a difficult task in the current fiscal climate) and agreed with some of management's proposals to help meet their needs.
UCS did not yet react in detail, but there was a more positive demeanor on the other side. CSEA hopes to be hearing from UCS soon in attempt to break the log jam. We will need to meet again to know if they are ready to negotiate seriously or not. UCS had indicated that it is unlikely they will be able to meet before September, due to vacations, etc. We'll know soon enough if they are interested in our offer.