I'm sure many of you will be hearing this soon. I just got off a call regarding the latest bargaining update. Management has come back with a so-called proposal:
- No step increases
- Assume no COLA still
- No paid holidays except for Veterans' Day (that's 9 days without pay each year)
- 26(!!!!!) unpaid furlough days
- 2 of these days are to be taken before the end of the biennium
- No word on health care. The way management is dealing I would not assume that they intend to fully cover it
- No word on how these unpaid days affect leave accrual. Again, I would not assume that they intend to give us accrual for sick leave or vacation.
This is astronomical! The 2 furlough days this biennium is not unexpected. However, a total of 42 unpaid days over the next biennium is outrageous!!! It wasn't mentioned, so again it's not safe to assume, but perhaps they intend that the holidays would be taken as furlough days. That only leaves an additional 3 furlough days per year.
However they do the math, it's a bad offer. If it's the lesser, 12 days a year variant, that's a 4.6% pay cut. My bet is that they want the full 21 days a year which adds up to an astounding 8.1% pay cut!
How many exclamation points can we use in one article!!!!!!!
This offer completely ignores the idea of a tiered approach to furlough days. Those making the least, who will be most impacted, would have less days. Those at the top of the pay scale would have more days. That's exactly what the Governor mandated for Executive Staff and Management throughout the state for the rest of this biennium.
The Bargaining Team is outraged at this offer, as am I! When the Governor mandates this deal for Exutive Staff and Management, then I'll start to listen. Let them lead the way once more!
In the meantime, keep listening for local updates. Purple up! Join the march on upper management!