Bargaining Update – September 10, 2015
Good afternoon all,
Your WEASO bargaining team met with management for another bargaining session yesterday, September 9, 2015.  We still do not have a tentative agreement but are moving closer together on remaining issues that you have indicated are priorities, including workload relief and compensation.  Specifically, we are still exploring the possibility of agreeing to a mechanism that would allow the two annual 1% “bonus” payments that have been offered by the WEA to be incorporated into the salary schedule if the Supreme Court rules in our favor in Friedrichs. With respect to workload relief, the WEA has agreed in theory to maintain certain staffing levels during all or a portion of the contract, but there are unresolved issues, such as the level of FTE that will be maintained, that are still being negotiated.

In addition, we are working to reduce to signed tentative agreements those matters that have been verbally agreed to by the parties, such as additional RIF protections, including severance pay; limits on management’s use of electronic surveillance; and parenting leave for WEASO members who have or adopt children.
Thank you to those WEASO members who participated in the Labor Day text blast–your words of support and encouragement kept us going yesterday!  We also appreciate the councils and members who have sent us delicious homemade cookies, beverages, snacks and toys to keep the tedium at bay.  And of course, a huge thanks to the Organizing Committee for keeping us caffeinated and fed on bargaining days.
The Friday baginar will be held at noon, and we hope you will be able to participate.  The call-in information is below:
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/881352629


You can also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (646) 749-3131
Access Code: 881-352-629

For those of you at headquarters, please join us in the maize room.
In solidarity,
Your WEASO Bargaining Team
Bargaining Update – September 3, 2015
Your WEASO bargaining team met with management again today, September 3rd, and continued to work toward a tentative agreement.  We made progress on issues that you have told us are important to you, including greater RIF protections, workload relief, and restrictions against electronic monitoring of WEASO members.  Outstanding issues remain, so the parties agreed to meet again next Wednesday, September 9th to continue bargaining.  We are also continuing to hold the scheduled date of September 23rd with the federal mediator in case it is needed.
The WEASO organizing committee is meeting all day tomorrow, Friday, September 4th. Among other things, the committee will be discussing tactics to increase pressure on management if a tentative agreement is not reached next Wednesday.  In the meanwhile, please continue to wear your “Working without a Contract” buttons or stickers, display signs in your workplace and use the talking points that were previously provided to talk with WEA management and governance.
The Friday baginar will be held as scheduled, tomorrow, September 4th at noon.  The information to participate in the baginar is below.
Log in information:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/132779549

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States : +1 (408) 650-3131

Access Code: 132-779-549

For those of you at headquarters, the Maize room has been reserved for the baginar.
In Solidarity,
Your WEASO Bargaining Team