State Central Table
bargaining is underway! The AFSCME Central Table Bargaining Team met with the
state in Salem on Dec. 15 to officially kick off the 2015-17 contract campaign.
The current contract for AFSCME-represented state employees expires on June 30,
Face-to-face meeting time at
the first session is traditionally short, and Dec. 15 was no exception. The two
teams introduced each other around the large table, and the union and the state
agreed to the basic ground rules for the negotiations. The sides also agreed
that the next three bargaining dates will be Jan. 21, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.
Further negotiating dates will be decided next year.
Feb. 6, the fourth meeting
date, will be the deadline for either side to present proposals, although that
cut-off date could be extended by mutual agreement. The AFSCME team spent the
rest of the day in caucus, beginning the preliminary process of determining
contract language proposals.
All state employees are
encouraged to fill out the online bargaining survey (see below), which will
help the team craft its proposals. Members are encouraged to complete the
survey by the end of this calendar year.
Central Table bargaining
includes all AFSCME-represented state agencies except those in Department of
Corrections bargaining units, which run separate, parallel negotiations.
Council 75 Executive Director Ken Allen is the union's chief negotiator; Craig
Cowan is again the lead negotiator for the state.
An update on bargaining will
be posted on this tab following each bargaining session.