CSEA-UCS Contract Update:
As members are aware, CSEA and UCS began holding negotiations sessions in August and have since had five subsequent meetings. CSEA has offered OCA proposals on over 20 articles, covering issues ranging from salary increases to telecommuting; our proposals have included monetary and non-monetary items. Our team has continually represented itself in a professional manner, as we negotiate for all of you, at the table across from OCA.
For the period of time between August and December, OCA had not provided one proposal to CSEA. Suddenly at our most recent negotiating session, OCA provided a proposal which predicated contract negotiation settlement, on CSEA’s withdrawal of our pending Improper Practice charges regarding COVID 19 vaccination, and additional agreement that any future COVID booster mandate would not be challenged, even if not negotiated with the Union.
CSEA’s Team informed OCA that we did not find it appropriate to link the non-contractual COVID 19 mandates to contract negotiations. Our stance is both of the policies and the contract should be negotiated, but without linking one to the other.
Ultimately, OCA informed CSEA that they were no longer interested in continuing negotiations at this time, because they are too busy. OCA has provided future dates in May and June to meet for further discussions.
As information becomes available all future updates will be via these notices
In Solidarity –
Ian M. Spencer
President, Local 334