As you may recall, our membership split with the Coalition back in August when the County made it’s Last Best Final offer that same month. Since then, we have solicited feedback at multiple chapter meetings and continued to meet with the County and a state provided mediator. This has been a frustrating and demoralizing process from the start, but your Bargaining Team has been working hard to get the best outcome for the membership.
As a reminder, all provisions of our collective bargaining agreement (CBA) remain in full effect while we continue to negotiate with the County. However, there is no provision in the existing CBA for a wage adjustment for 2022. The County currently has 2.2% on the table (which is what other groups are receiving), but we will not be eligible for the increase until our membership has voted to ratify a new agreement.
We do not currently have our next mediation date scheduled, though the mediator is continuing to facilitate discussion between the parties, and we hope to have a tentative agreement ready to present to the membership before the end of January.
Feel free to contact your Union Representative Rachel Whiteside if you have any questions, or any member of your Bargaining Team: Cary Armstrong, Sarah Smith, Katie Carle, Ben Ransonet, and Alex Van Dinter. Once we have something concrete, we will host a virtual Q&A session prior to holding a ratification vote.