St.Amant CRP bargaining breaks off – strike vote March 17
Feb 26, 2015On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the MGEU Bargaining Committee representing members of Local 178-St.Amant Community Residential Program (CRP) met with the employer’s bargaining representatives to begin the monetary portion of their contract negotiations.
Heading into negotiations, the number one priority for the Local was to attract and retain staff in order to ensure quality and consistent care for St.Amant clients. The second priority was to ensure staff would no longer be forced to work well beyond their scheduled shifts, as mandated overtime has become a significant issue for members of the Local.
The Local determined that a fair and reasonable wage increase would address both of these problems by attracting new employees who may not otherwise choose St.Amant as a career. It would also demonstrate to the staff of St.Amant CRP that they are valued and respected for the important work they do.
The meeting on Tuesday dealt with proposals regarding wages, shift premiums, mandated shifts/forced overtime, and sleep-over rates. Unfortunately, the employer’s financial offer fell well short of what the Local 178 Bargaining Committee felt was needed to address their significant recruitment and retention problems. It was clear from the proposals put forward by the employer’s negotiating representatives that they are not prepared to address this issue at the bargaining table.
As a result, the Local 178 Bargaining Committee broke off negotiations. They feel there is no other option but to ask members to stand together and vote to reject the employer’s offer and provide a strong strike mandate.
On February 25, the Local’s Bargaining Committee began preparations on a ratification/strike vote to be held Tuesday, March 17.
Further details about the vote are being sent to Local 178 members.