Monday, October 17, 2011

10/24/11 Bargaining Workshop

Last spring a number of OEA members expressed interest in learning about contract bargaining –laws, procedures, realities.

This fall, OEA will need to assemble a new bargaining team.

All interested OEA members who want to learn more about contract bargaining are encouraged to attend two (2) OEA-sponsored Saturday workshops.

Monday, October 24 4:30pm—7:30pm
OEA Bargaining History

This discussion will review issues like how contract bargaining is never a one-time process. For example, what is lost in one contract (like a 4% increase) can be regained in another. Or what the district failed to get in one contract can be sought after in a subsequent contract. In sum: Contract clauses are the result of ongoing organizing—and the result of compromise by both parties.

OEA members who were involved in previous bargaining rounds, from the early 90’s on, will summarize OEA bargaining history: Class size? Follow the students? Faculty Councils? Learn how OEA was able to win these key clauses in our contract, and many others.

Saturday, September 17 10:00am—1:00pm
Bargaining Basics

Theo Austin-Smyth from the CTA Negotiations and Organizing Department and our OEA CTA Staff Representatives will review the basics of the collective bargaining process—how bargaining teams are chosen, roles on a team, team dynamics and the legal framework for collective bargaining.

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