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With many contracts expiring in 2020, Local 764 encourages members who wish to serve on bargaining committees to take these classes. Even if you don’t want to be on a bargaining committee, the classes are very informative about what goes on in contract bargaining, and how the process works.
Collective bargaining is a privilege we have as union members. When a union has a collective bargaining agreement with an employer, that employer must sit down and negotiate with the union as equals. This means that the workers have same rights as the employer when it comes to bargaining the contract. The power is so strong that businesses have spent millions of dollars to try to take away this right. It is extremely important to have members who work under the collective bargaining agreement present at negotiations. Members show the employer not only the union’s solidarity, but have the real knowledge about what goes on in the job. This is well demonstrated in negotiations for contracts like the Met and the Majors. Peter Gelb sits across from workers from the Costume Shop and Wardrobe departments, and the head of the AMPTP sits across from set costumers, supervisors and shop workers on TV and film. While we often report to middle-managers like Company Managers or UPMS, when it comes to bargaining, we sit across from their bosses: the General Managers and the Labor Relations Directors.
The members who work under the contracts are the ones who can prioritize and strategize about what is best for the collective whole. Bargaining classes like the class to be offered by Cornell instructor Kim Cook on January 13th provide members with information on the strategy and process of collective bargaining. Students learn about the different stages of the process, what to expect during bargaining, and about rules of negotiations. The class answers questions about constructing contract proposals, legal counsel’s role and gets students thinking about bargaining strategy.
Members who take the bargaining class will get first consideration on bargaining committee assignments.
To register email: Julie Fernandez at [email protected] or call 212 957 3500 ext. 11.