Bargaining Update: May 21, 2021
Our UTSC bargaining team met with Kaiser Permanente today to kick off 2021 local bargaining. While negotiations this week were limited to introductory conversations, we are preparing to bargain intensely over the next two months.
The process when we negotiate our local agreements that impact our affiliate-specific work is very different than for National Bargaining which is occurring at the same time this summer.
The following issues are those that our UTSC bargaining team submitted for consideration during this bargaining process. Please see the Bargaining 101 information below for more on how the bargaining process will work. We will present our first interest at the next session.
- Wage grid
- Education leave
- Specialty certification
- Advancement opportunities
- Weekend differential
📅 Next local UTSC bargaining session: May 25, 2021
While our national bargaining team continues to negotiate a new national agreement, we also have our own affiliate bargaining team going to the table to negotiate a new local agreement, addressing aspects of our working conditions that directly affect only us.
A few things to remember about this process:
Our bargaining team will negotiate with management as equals. Our team will make all final decisions through a consensus process that will mean each issue and potential resolution is weighed against what is best for the majority of the UTSC membership, present and future.
No agreement is final until we vote yes to approve it. Once our team wins a strong tentative agreement, they’ll bring it to our full membership for ratification when we vote on a new National Agreement. Before we vote, we’ll have a chance to read the entire TA, discuss it, ask questions, and deliberate. A majority of us must vote yes to approve it or the TA will not take effect.
A contract is a negotiation. Because both sides are equal in bargaining and both sides must agree to the result, neither party will get everything they want. That’s the nature of negotiations. Our power is that nothing enters the contract unless our bargaining team agrees to it and a majority of our membership votes to approve it.
Our power comes from unity. The key to winning a strong contract is always member unity. When we stand strong with our team, management will see that. When we stand together, we win.