The members faced down concessionary demands and the imposition of a five percent wage cut. With the strength of their unity the bargaining team came out with a proposed contract that not only permanently lifts the wage cut with retroactive reimbursement, but gives them a bonus, a wage raise, improvements in health care and several other gains, including a no-contracting-out provision.
Management got serious at the table after a raucous rally in front of the Civic Center Courthouse Thursday, Oct. 4.
Members made it clear they were willing to walk out again. The tone at the table changed and an agreement was reached following two straight days of negotiations.
The bargaining team will present the complete terms of the proposal to the Contract Action Team (CAT) on Monday, Oct. 15. The CAT will then schedule membership meetings to explain the TA and plan for a member vote.