Whatcom County Master Bargaining Unit negotiation update 1/16/19:
The Union and the County met for bargaining on January 15th. After a productive day of negotiations, we were able come to tentative agreements on most of the outstanding language proposals, and will be focusing on economics when we meet again on January 29th & 30th. Another update will follow these two bargaining dates.
December 18, 2018 Whatcom County Master Bargaining Unit update:
The Union and the County met on December 7th and 14th to continue the bargaining process. We made additional progress on the remaining open language issues and have had preliminary discussions around economics. We have five more bargaining dates scheduled in January and we will provide updates as we make further progress.
Whatcom County Master Bargaining Unit negotiation update 12/4/18:
The Union and the County met for bargaining on November 29th. The County’s negotiator has been ill and they have been unable to meet on two of our scheduled bargaining dates. Despite this fact, we have continued to make good progress on various language issues. Modifying the sick leave Article to be compliant with the new State Sick Leave law has been quite challenging, but we are very close to completing this section. We are scheduled to meet again on December 7th and 14th and will provide further updates as we progress through the process.
November 20, 2018 Whatcom County Master Bargaining Unit update:
The Union and the County met for the third bargaining session on November 19th. Both sides exchanged more proposals in various Articles as we continue to work through contract language. We are scheduled to meet again on November 26th and 29th, where our hope is to finalize many language proposals and begin detailed discussions regarding economics. We will post another update following those meetings.
November 7, 2018 Bargaining Update Whatcom County Master:
The Union and the County met for the second bargaining session on November 5th. The County provided the Union Committee with a comprehensive proposal and responded to some of the Union’s proposals. We are pleased with the progress made in the first two meetings, but several important issues still remain open and will require a great deal of effort, on both sides, to work through. We are scheduled to meet again on November 19th and another update will be posted here following that meeting.
October 23, 2018 Whatcom County Master Bargaining Unit negotiation update.
The Union and the County met for the first bargaining session on October 19th. The Union presented a full proposal, including language and economics. All proposals were explained in detail and questions from the County were discussed. We expect to receive a full proposal from the County when we meet again on November 5th. Another update will be posted here following that meeting.
Thank You to all the Teamsters that showed up for the Whatcom County Master proposal meeting on Saturday, September 15th. Most of the bargaining committee members and alternates have been selected. There were several great proposals brought forward at the meeting and through the surveys that were submitted.