So the City has posted on their website their response to the negotiations so far….
Which is funny because they haven’t told us any of this yet.
Lets take a look at what they do say, and I’m going to start with their last line first just to make something clear:
Additional negotiation meetings are anticipated with each of the AFSCME bargaining units.
Yes, additional meetings would be nice. There’s been a total of two so far, neither of which were anything more than us presenting our proposed contract to them. We’ve been waiting, are still waiting, for Management to set meetings for the next round of talks. Supposedly we are waiting on the results of an Executive Session with the Commission, but none of the Commissioner’s we’ve talked to know anything about any Executive Session.
Then back to the beginning for a point-by-point:
Currently the City is analyzing and costing out proposals regarding pension changes, health care contributions, salaries, merit pay increases and sick leave accrual payouts.
Funny, you would think they could have had this information done and ready before the meetings were even scheduled. It’s not like we surprised them or anything.
The City has indicated to AFSCME that it is seeking to have all employees on the same pension plan and with consistently priced health insurance benefits (employees whose salaries and benefits are paid out of Enterprise Funds were not impacted by the pension reforms or salary and benefit changes put in place under Financial Urgency).