Dear ASPA Members,
I have several updates for you since my last message. I am happy to report that we have scheduled several days to meet with the employer’s bargaining team before the spring break. In fact, our team met for the first time with the employer’s team on October 31st.
This was a very cordial meeting with both parties exchanging some ground rules and priorities. We have four more days booked to meet with them before Christmas and six days booked to meet at the end of February. I believe that our first session went very well. We are in the early days of bargaining, but I am confident that we can bargain respectfully with each other and hopeful that we can come to a reasonable and quick resolution.
ASPA has put together a strong bargaining team that has your best interests in mind. The team has worked hard to review our current collective agreement and compare it to our members’ input from the bargaining survey to determine changes or improvements that could be made, with the goal to make enhancements for the majority of our membership.
ASPA VP & Co-Lead Negotiator