Today AEU and CSEA met for day 2 of our 2020 Successor Negotiations. We had a productive negotiation session and were able to agree on several proposals put forth by both CSEA and AEU. You can view AEU’s Proposal #1 to CSEA’s Counter Proposal, CSEA’s Proposal #2, and AEU’s Proposal #2 to CSEA’s Counter Proposal attached to this email. We also received a response to the RFI which is attached here as well.
During our negotiations today, we did not receive any monetary proposals from CSEA on the items we put forth. We had a robust conversation around the budget and the parties have a better understanding of their respective financial positions and proposal costs.
We cannot underscore the importance of the uncertainty that the pandemic presents during these successor negotiations. We are facing uncharted waters and CSEA is making tough decisions and budget assumptions that absolutely impact the financial ability to achieve the transformative and life-changing contract that our members put forth in our meetings. As we face the very real possibility of layoffs among CSEA members, CSEA is contemplating a budget that will include a loss in membership, which equates to a loss in revenue. That being said, our number one goal is to protect our members from any harm.
Stand in solidarity with your bargaining team as we go into day 3 of negotiations.