October 13, 2017
At the end of the bargaining session on October 3rd management put on the table a new take-back proposal that would reduce the number of vacation days librarians receive each year, reducing the number of unused vacation days that could be accrued, and deleting the provision that allowed excess vacation days to be converted to sick leave.
The MSCA had, at previous bargaining sessions this year, asked management if all of their proposals were on the table. We ask this every round so we know when management has everything on the table and will not be raising new issues so the parties can truly start to come together to a resolution on all issue.
The MSCA contends that adding a take-back proposal after having stated that no further proposals (other than proposals in response to our proposals or to attempt to reach an agreement on all matters) is regressive bargaining, hence bad faith, and therefore illegal.
(Posted on the 104th day without a new contract.)