Lets try this again….
Contract Negotiations, all three CBA’s.
Monday, October 14th, 2:30 pm
City Hall, Room 215
Please join us as we continue to negotiate with the City, this meeting will include all three bargaining units.
We have our numbers, maybe this time the City will actually have theirs.
Wear your green!
co·op·er·a·tion (kōˌäpəˈrāSHən), noun
1. the process of working together to the same end.
It isn’t really cooperation when the City is telling you to you will like what we give you and shut up already if you don’t like it.
bar·gain (ˈbärgən), verb
1. negotiate the terms and conditions of a transaction.
You can’t really negotiate a deal for pay and benefits if the City is unwilling to bargain in any meaningful way. Saying you are trying to bargain a deal is not the same as actually sitting down and bargaining a deal.
deal (dēl), noun
1. an agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, esp. in a business or political context..
The key word is “mutual.”
You can’t really reach a deal regarding pay and benefits if the City is demanding all the benefits.
com·pro·mise (kämprəˌmīz), noun
1. an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.
Sometimes it is called the “Middle Ground.”
And in dealing with the City this area in the middle seems kind of lonely. We’ve been waiting around here in the middle but the City is nowhere to be found.