Local 1359 Contract Update #3
The first bargaining session between the Local and the employer on
a successor agreement to the one which expired on April 1, 2007, occurred
on Thursday, April 26, 2007. (It is noted that all other state bargaining
units commenced negotiations with the employer within this general time
frame as well.)
At that time, the union presented a comprehensive list of demands to the
state to be included in a new contract. The Local's negotiating committee
has worked diligently to date to achieve a beneficial new agreement on
behalf of all members and is prepared to work as rapidly as we can with
the employer to achieve a mutually satisfactory successor collective bargaining
Our next bargaining session is scheduled to occur on May 16, 2007.
Updates on the status of negotiations will be periodically provided to
all members as relevant information becomes available. If you cannot attend
a general membership meeting, please check the Local's website at www.local1359.org
and look under the "News Headlines" column for the latest information.
The Local 1359 Negotiating Team consists of President Ralph F. Carbone,
Vice President Dennis Ifill, Treasurer Darryl Adams, Secretary Charmaine
Hardaway and Mushtaq Ali. From District Counsel 37 are negotiator Michele
Trester, legal counsel Alan Brown and benefits expert Willie Chang.
Ralph F. Carbone
May 9, 2007