Thursday, October 13, 2005
Smoke Seeping Through Cracks: Randi Modifies Contract After DA Approval
In a stunning move which further evidences the weakness of their contract proposal the Union leadership has modified the contract proposal to permit renegotiation of the draconian provisions eliminating grievances about letters to the file if they become “disproportionate,” so reports the Post.
While the “concession” is pure smoke since agreeing to negotiate is not a right, the move demonstrates the extent the leadership will go to sell this contract proposal. Randi and her “sales” staff have maintained that sitting down with the Mayor is impossible. This shows it is not only possible but, as the Post reveals, the plan was in the works for “weeks.”
Some have questioned how a contract proposal can legally be negotiated after the DA sent it to the membership for a vote. Isn’t it a violation of labor law to put a “contract proposal” before the membership which does not contain all of its provisions? What other “side” deals have been made that were not revealed?
Engage in discussions with your colleagues. Expose the attempt to pull the wool over our eyes. Don’t let this proposal become the contract!