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Friday
Sep212012

Town of Durham and AFSCME Public Works Unit Reach Tentative Agreement for new Collective Bargaining Contract 

The Town of Durham and the AFSCME Public Works Collective Bargaining Unit have at long last reached a "Tentative Agreement" for a successor collective bargaining agreement.  The unit has been without a contract since December 31, 2009.  

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Town of Durham and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 93 and its Appropriate Affiliate Local 863 (AFSCME) representing Durham’s public works personnel expired on December 31, 2009.  Subsequent to that time, three Tentative Agreements (“TA’s”) had been reached by Town and Union negotiators only to be voted down on two occasions by the AFSCME membership and once by the Durham Town Council.  The parties continued discussions until an impasse was reached earlier this year.  The parties then by mutual agreement entered into mediation.

A lengthy mediation session was held on September 10, 2012, at which time the parties ultimately reached a TA.  The AFSCME bargaining team will bring the TA to their membership for a vote on September 25th.  If the AFSCME Unit votes to ratify the TA, it would then be brought to the Town Council for a ratification vote on October 15, 2012.  

Highlights of the TA follow:  

Wages Increases:

2010               0% 

2011               0% 

2012               0%

2013               2%

2014               2% 

2015               2%

One Time off the salary Schedule $750.00 signing bonus upon ratification

Health Insurance:

Migration from Anthem to Cigna Insurance, effective 1/1/13.  The Cigna plan is of high quality and is less costly than the existing Anthem plan offered through the Local Government Center.

Employee insurance premium contribution increases from existing 10% level to:  

2013               11% 

2014               12%

2015               13%

5% Insurance Premium Cap, effective 12/31/15, to be implemented based upon 7/1/16 rates.

Insurance buyback increased from 40% to 45%, effective 1/1/13.

5 day work week for all DPW employees, effective 1/1/13.  Many DPW staff presently are on a 4 day workweek which has long been of concern to the Town in terms of optimizing efficiencies within the department.

Earlier this year, the Town of Durham and the New England Police Benevolent Association Local #21 representing Durham's police officers wereable to successfully come to terms on an equitable collective bargaining agreement extending from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. 

Thursday
Jun212012

NH House Leaders Comment on Governor’s Veto of Collective Bargaining Oversight Bill 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader Pete Silva (R-Nashua) today offered the following comments in response to news that Governor Lynch vetoed Senate Bill 1666, which would require legislative approval of any collective bargaining contract entered into by the state.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Oversight by elected officials in the collective bargaining process for the public sector means that taxpayers will finally be at the negotiating table and not just agency heads, which promotes accountability within state government. This bill would give the legislature a role in determining the fairness of contracts that the State negotiates and as stewards of taxpayers’ hard earned money we should support policies that bring government accountability and integrity.”

House Majority Leader Pete Silva

“This is one more example of the Governor favoring labor unions over the taxpayers of New Hampshire. We will work to override this veto next week.”

Thursday
Feb162012

NH House Speaker Comments on Passage of HB 1666

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien offered the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1666, which would require legislative approval of any collective bargaining contract entered into by the state. HB 1666 passed 232 to 119.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Oversight by elected officials in the collective bargaining process for the public sector means that taxpayers will finally be at the negotiating table and not just agency heads, which promotes accountability within state government. This gives the legislature a role in determining the fairness of contracts that the State negotiates and as stewards of taxpayers’ hard earned money we must support policies that bring government accountability and integrity.”

Thursday
Jan122012

NH House Leaders Statement on Passage of Bill Allowing Employee/Employer Communications in Collective Bargaining 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following statement on the passage of House Bill 582, which injects into the collective bargaining process an opportunity for the negotiator for each party to talk directly, in a closed session, to the board of the public employer or to the employees, respectively. The benefit to the negotiating parties is that legal costs may be reduced if this direct communication breaks impasse and enables the parties to reach agreement without having to go through mediation and fact finding.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Allowing negotiators to directly appeal to decision makers in bargaining discussions very well could jump start any stall in negotiations and help bring efficiency to the process. Avoiding costly mediation or litigation between towns and employees or school districts and employees is certainly a benefit to the taxpayers who pay their salaries. This legislation represents the efficiency in government that will be a hallmark of Republican efforts during the second half of this legislative session.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“As stewards of taxpayers’ hard earned money, we must support policies that ensure state government is effective and efficient. Fostering better communication in collective bargaining in the public sector can only help not hurt.”

 

Wednesday
Jun162010

Illinois Policy Institute - Join Our Thursday Conference Call: Guide to Bargaining with Teachers Unions 

Although this is from Illinois, I  thought this may be applicable to any state or municipality or other political subdivision that needs to Bargain with the Teachers Unions.  /bobdm nhinsider.com

 

The most important policy adopted by any school district is its contract with its teachers. Yet few people understand the basic steps of collective bargaining between school boards and teachers unions. In many Illinois communities, taxpayers don't get access to the details of the contract until after it has been approved!

Join the Illinois Policy Institute for a Blogger and Liberty Leader Conference Call this Thursday, June 17, to discuss our new citizen’s guide “Bargaining for Better Schools: An Introduction to Collective Bargaining in Illinois Public Education.

We’ll help you better understand the process that determines how local teachers are hired, paid, placed, rewarded and disciplined. Plus, you can learn how to conduct a transparency audit of your school district, or other unit of government, via the Institute’s Local Transparency Project.

WHAT: Conference call discussing how Illinois taxpayers can become more involved in the public education collective bargaining process and promote online transparency for local government.

WHEN: Thursday, June 17, at 7:30 pm

HOW: Call Number: (866) 576-7975 Access Code:  contact nhinsider@myway.com

WHO: The Illinois Policy Institute’s Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, and Kate Piercy, Director of Government Reform, Moderated by Brian Costin, Director of Outreach.

The call will last about 30 minutes, and our policy experts will welcome your questions and feedback.

You won’t want to miss this call!

About the Illinois Policy Institute: The Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research and education organization dedicated to making our state a beacon for liberty and prosperity for all citizens. To learn more, please visit our website at www.illinoispolicy.org.

Sincerely,

Brian Costin
Director of Outreach