Friday, June 28, 2013

Session #3, June 26th, 2013

Our third bargaining session was Wednesday, June 26, 10:00 am to 11:30 am at the AHEM office. Our focus was on responding to proposals made by each side thus far.

After a brief discussion to finalize agreement on including current Memoranda of Understanding in our contract, the district responded to our current proposals.  Basically, they said they were open to discussing issues related to family communication like conferences and substitute leave.

They are not interested in discussing workshop week issues in bargaining. They also believe issues surrounding timeliness of extra services agreements can be addressed with district policy changes.

Next, we spent time responding to each section in the district's initial list of items for bargaining. Our response to the district's issues list can be found here: AHEM Response to District Issue Identification.  There, you can find both the district's proposals and our response.

We concluded by suggesting additional dates and next steps in the process. We would like to add dates in August and September. We suggested our next meeting could focus on an update on district finances from district Chief Financial Officer Michelle Vargas and then follow with AHEM's financial offer the following meeting. We suggested that the next two meetings after that would focus on economic issues.

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 10th.