40 Hours Agreement for some P4 Bargaining Unit Members in DEEP

TO:         P4 Bargaining Unit Members in DEEP
FROM:  Stephen Anderson, P4 Council President
DATE:    June 27, 2014
RE:          40 Hours Agreement for some P4 Bargaining Unit Members in DEEP

Here’s how the 40 hours agreement developed:

We met with members many months ago regarding DEEP’s proposal to provide optional 40 hours to a few employees in DEEP.  Our direction from the members was that we should proceed, but try to get the option for more.

After protracted negotiations, we were able to add some positions/bargaining unit members to the agreement (not nearly as many as we’d like).  This step is clearly just the first step in our goal of getting the OPTION for all members in DEEP.

The agreement includes a provision that would reduce the 40 hour workweek if it was necessary to do so to avoid layoffs. 

The agreement includes a commitment from DEEP that it will support any move to 40 hours where the money and the work is there.  Accordingly, we need input from members re where we can make that case.

This agreement does not include a compressed AWS options for those selecting 40 hours.  We were careful to not allow that to serve as a precedent for future 40 hour deals at DEEP.  AWS is important and we will fight to maintain it as it is good for our members, good for management, and good for the environment.

Please contact me or Chuck Lee if you have any questions.

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