(Mary Rubilotta, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)
CSEA met again with UCS on 2/19/14 and 2/20/14.
The CSEA Negotiating Team had another tension filled, frustrated negotiations session with the UCS. UCS continues to seek major concessions in both economic and non-economic areas of the contract like compensation, uniform and equipment allowance, workweek and employee benefit fund, to name a few.
In addition to trying to maintain or increase current benefits in the contract, the Team raised a number of specific issues it felt needed to be addressed if the parties are going to reach an overall agreement. Examples of such issues include disciplinary process, layoff notice and seniority.
The Team is working hard to find common areas in order to move the negotiations forward and progress was made on some minor issues. This process is very fluid, but we will keep you apprised as we continue to negotiate with UCS for a fair contract that we can bring back to the membership for ratification.
The Negotiating Team meets again in early March.