The parties met today for our sixth negotiations session for our 2020 successor agreement. We had a very candid discussion on the financial proposals and the situation we're dealing with in this time of economic uncertainty. The discussion was very productive and we reached agreements on additional articles. We will provide you with the agreements when they are fully executed.
At this point in negotiations, we are down to the last item, which is Article 13. The team has been advocating for a fair compensation increase as well as movement on bilingual and bilingual/biliterate stipends for our brothers and sisters doing this work. The employer has given us two options:
Option 1: A 3.5% one-time payment and a bilingual stipend of $100/month or a bilingual/biliterate stipend of $150/month, provided a unit member performs 8 hours of bilingual/biliterate work in that month.
Option 2: A 3.75% one time payment and no bilingual or bilingual/biliterate stipend.
Please fill out the survey which came to your email with which of the two options you prefer. Please complete this survey by no later than 8:00 AM tomorrow, May 6, 2020.
We continue to work hard for you all during these negotiations. Please stand in solidarity as we move forward to the conclusion of the successor contract.
AEU Bargaining Committee