(See the 8/20 proposals below)
Where we currently are:
The bargaining committee met with Kaleida Health’s team on Monday and Friday of this week. Holly Georgell, Kaleida Health’s new Chief Labor Relations Officer and Ed Lanthier, Interim Director of CE joined their bargaining team. This was the first time in five weeks we have been back to the bargaining table. Kaleida Health has been focusing on restructuring their bargaining team.
Monday was spent with no exchange of proposals, but rather the time a review of where the entire bargaining process was at up until this point based on the fact that Kaleida Health had to restructure their bargaining team. The main focus of the discussion was on articles that are still open to be bargained as well as the needs of the members for job security, protection of bargaining unit work, and the importance to limit their rights to contract out our work.
Today, Friday, we met with Kaleida Health’s team to exchange proposals. What we witnessed was a very large step backwards and in the wrong direction. To our surprise, the proposals reflected almost none of the discussions that were had on Monday – even though Kaleida has stated that they understand the importance of bargaining unit work protections, no contracting out, and job security. Kaleida’s proposals today were to reject all of our proposals related to these issues. We were clear that this is the only pathway towards an agreement that protects our work for the long term.
We have three more dates committed to bargaining throughout August and September at this point. These include: August 25th, September 8th, and September 9th. We are still proposing dates to meet in September. Kaleida Health says that they will review their calendars to agree to more bargaining dates.
Future Bargaining Dates:
Clinical Engineering Bargaining Update August 20th, 2021
BARGAINING UPDATE LUNCH MEETING
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25TH, 2021
NOON – 1 P.M.
BGH SWIFT AUDITORIUM (MAIN LOBBY)
ZOOM WILL ALSO BE AN OPTION – CHECK YOU EMAILS FOR AN INVITE LINK
Any questions, feel free to reach out to your elected bargaining committee members, Eric Hammond or Kelly Walker. Your
Vice-President Patrick Weisansal can also be reached with questions. (716) 725-4953 or PWeisansal@cwa1168.org
In Solidarity, your bargaining committee: – Eric Hammond
– Kelly Walker
– John Klein
– Patrick Weisansal II – Ron Hosinski
– Mary Janice Keller