Sanitation District contract negotiations coming up!

Dear OCEA member,

Our current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the District expires on June 30, 2022. Negotiating a new MOU, which establishes your wages, benefits, and working conditions is one of the many reasons the union exists.

During negotiations, we leverage our strength in numbers, a committed and well-prepared bargaining team, and strategic workplace actions to achieve a contract that you and your families deserve in exchange for the excellent work you do. Here are some important upcoming dates:

Week of 1/17 – 1/21

On Tuesday, January 18th, your bargaining team will have its first meeting. We will discuss negotiations strategy and finalize a survey to all members. Your survey input will help your bargaining team establish negotiating priorities. Look for the survey in your personal email on Friday, Jan. 21. Please make sure you check your emails regularly. Your individual responses will not be shared with management.

Week of 1/24 – 1/28

On Tuesday, Jan. 25 at Noon, we will conduct a one-hour Negotiations 101 training exclusively for you and your OCEA member co-workers. The training will provide an overview of the negotiations process and what members can expect during bargaining. Bargaining team veterans will also find the training helpful as a refresher. As COVID infection rates continue to climb, the training may be held virtually or in person outdoors. Again, please keep checking your personal emails for specific details.

To make sure you stay in the loop, text OCSAN to 43506 and receive bargaining updates on your phone. Standing together puts you and your coworkers in the best possible position for negotiations success. Let’s do this!

In Solidarity,

Saliem Aregaye
Labor Relations Representative

Publication Date: January 12, 2022