Bargaining Update: May 21, 2013
CSEA Attempts to Play “Hard Ball” – AEU Continues to Bargain
CSEA opened up negotiations on May 21, 2013 with the dramatic gesture of presenting AEU with a written 30-day notice that it will not extend contract negotiations beyond June 30th, regardless of where we are in the bargaining process. In contrast, AEU started today’s negotiations on a more positive note by making yet another attempt to reasonably resolve real workload issues.
Workload Survey Results Rebuffed
AEU attempted to share the recent workload survey results – anonymously – with CSEA. However, CSEA explicitly stated that it had no interest in hearing anything in the surveys unless AEU provided names and documentation to substantiate your claims of workload issues. CSEA stated that the AEU team might as well stop sharing the survey results since CSEA did not want to hear it unless AEU gave CSEA specific activity and expense sheets. AEU Spokesperson and legal counsel Chris Platten instructed Prezioso that he could “shut his ears if he doesn’t want to hear it” and asked AEU team members to continue reading the compelling information about the effects of unreasonable workload and working conditions that many of you reported. The AEU remains steadfast in seeking workload relief.
The parties are now down to a few core issues. The non-economic issues are: workload issues (e.g. the use of project organizers, temporary employees, and interns); in lieu days; use of personal necessity days, and unilateral changes in the means of filling vacancies (e.g. change of job duties, descriptions, and titles when flown outside without conferring with AEU as required under Article 1.)
AEU Calls For A Federal Mediator
The parties remain far apart on economic issues, including salaries, health and welfare, retirement, and expense reimbursement. The last few negotiations sessions have made it clear that CSEA will not move off its (concessionary) position without outside assistance. Without wasting further time, your AEU Bargaining Team is calling for the involvement of a third party federal mediator to help trigger more productive discussions and progress toward a TA when the parties meet again on May 28-29, 2013.
We stand firm and will keep you closely apprised.