The CWA Local 13500 Bargaining Committee reports:
Bargaining resumed today with the Union proposing language for Expedited Arbitration for cases where an employee has been suspended (most often Administrative Leave). Our concern here is to establish a method for more expedient resolution of these disciplinary disputes. Cases involving discharge and Contract interpretation would remain unaffected.
LifePath proposed continuing bargaining on non-economic issues while suspending economic issues until the PA Commonwealth sets its fee for service rates which will not take place until after the State sets its 2021-22 budget. We responded that any such agreement must contain continuation of the Contract in full force and effect.
Negotiations recessed for the day, resuming Tuesday, September 29th.
Your CWA Bargaining Team,
John Petrini—CWA District 2-13 Staff Representative
Julie Daloisio—Local President
Mike Ahern----Central Division Executive Vice President
Tim Andreas—Chief Steward