What does the Holiday Season mean to you? Gathering with family and friends? Lots of good food? Lots of shopping? Getting ready to ring in a New Year? Gearing up for bargaining season? Yes! In the world of public sector government, the approach of the Holiday Season signals time to prepare for union collective bargaining! How exciting!!
Do you have a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that expires on June 30, 2024? If so, NOW is the time to act. The Collective Bargaining process can, unfortunately, take many, many months to complete. At best, you are looking at a two-to-five-month process of getting things settled. At worst, much longer! There is a distinct advantage to completing the process, if at all possible, prior to the expiration of your current CBA.
Advantages of early resolution
Developing your plan
Current “hot” issues to consider
– Do you have the dreaded “equal to or better” language?
– Do you have something along the lines of “substantially similar?”
– Do you know what that obligates you to do?
When you find yourself planning for the Holiday Season, let that remind you to begin preparing for the upcoming union collective bargaining season as well!