CMCEA Negotiations Update: June 14, 2022

Dear CMCEA member,

As you know, we began bargaining with the City in late March. During our initial two meetings we discussed your priorities at the table but no formal proposals were exchanged.

Since that time, the City has not made any substantive proposals that recognize your work or rising inflation; the City has been slow to provide requested information; and, the City has cancelled several meetings, which denies us of the opportunity to create forward momentum at the bargaining table for you and your family.

Two meetings after their second cancellation, the City provided non-economic proposals for us to consider. We have been sifting through that language with a critical eye and will be ready to respond when we meet again for bargaining next week, on Wednesday, June 15.

In the meantime, we are providing you with a detailed timeline of bargaining up to this point, so you and your co-workers are aware of the process and how the City has responded to our readiness to negotiate. You can read it in full at the bottom of this message.

We hope to have more to report after our June 15 meeting. Please continue to read your CMCEA emails, share this information with your fellow members, and stay tuned for our next update!

In Solidarity,

Robert Gonzalez
CMCEA President


Dec. 13, 2021
CMCEA sent the City our request to bargain.

Feb. 3, 2022
Negotiations Team assembled.

March 17, 2022
Requests for Information were sent to the City. This information is critical to proposal development, as it informs our strategy with proposals and counter proposals. One of the things we asked for was the numerical amount that 1% of our costs are; this is a standard request and we have the right to this information.

March 29, 2022
Negotiations begin. We discussed priorities but did not exchange formal proposals.

April 13, 2022
Second negotiations meeting with the City. The city said they needed more information to provide a counter to the priorities we brought to them in our previous session. The City asked to brainstorm further with us. In the end, the City’s lead negotiator said they were still “collecting information” so we agreed to cancel our April meeting and meet again May 2.

April 27, 2022
The City cancelled our May 2 negotiations meeting.

May 12, 2022
Third negotiations meeting held. No substantive movement was made.

May 18, 2022
Fourth negotiations held. The City submitted a supposal with non-economic language changes.

May 24, 2022
CMCEA requested an update on the 1% RFI via email.

May 31, 2022
Fifth negotiations meeting held. No response was provided to our priorites, and no RFI information was provided. After the meeting we started reviewing their language changes with the Negotiations Team.

June 1, 2022
CMCEA submitted Proposal #1 to the City via email.

June 3, 2022
City representatives said they would have a response to our 1% RFI by this date. They did not.

June 7, 2022
The City cancelled our June 8 negotiations meeting.

June 8, 2022
We received the 1% RFI, but details about what was included are missing. Your Negotiations Team used the June 8 meeting to caucus to review the non-economic language changes the City proposed.

June 15, 2022
Our next negotiations meeting is scheduled for this date. We are going to continue reviewing their language changes in the hope they will no longer delay addressing our economic proposals.

Publication Date: June 14, 2022