On Friday, May 20th, we had our latest negotiation session with University Hospital management. Your team worked very hard throughout the morning so that we might present a non-economic package to management. This package included counters to their Inclement Weather and Drug and Alcohol Testing proposals. We had hoped to wrap up those issues while reaching agreement on some of the items we are seeking (language on infectious diseases and non-hostile work environment).
Instead we were met with a lecture on their disappointment that we changed their proposals too much. Management tried to claim that, by continued modification of their proposals, we are delaying the process of getting a contract. This came from the management side of the table who, almost on a regular basis, gives us brand new proposals at each session. In fact, as soon as their lecture was over they presented yet another new proposal to us – this time on workers compensation. So, tell us management, who’s really delaying this process?
While we were able to sign off on a couple of minor changes no serious progress was made. In fact, we had hoped for a counter on our last economic offer which was given to them months ago – but apparently they found it more important to lecture than negotiate!