Although our Bargaining Team and RTC management were able to reach a tentative agreement in May 2012, the RTC Commissioners did not vote to authorize our contract. Instead, they directed that our negotiations be sent to a third-party arbitrator for Fact Finding.
The arbitrator made a decision and the great news is that eligible members will receive a 3 percent COLA increase effective the next pay period, as well as a 3 percent COLA increase on July 1, 2013 and another 3 percent COLA increase on July 1, 2014.
Longevity was preserved for EVERYONE! This issue was one of our top priorities as listed in your bargaining surveys. The arbitrator also ruled that we will not receive merit increases for the duration of the contract. However, by securing a combined 6 percent COLA increase this year and preserving longevity, we feel that the arbitrator made a positive ruling for all RTC employees.
Here’s the exact language the arbitrator issued:
RTC Fact Finding Summary:
1. Employees shall receive a 3 percent cost of living adjustment the first pay period commencing after the date of this award. Beginning July 1, 2013, employees in the designated unit shall receive an additional 3 percent cost of living adjustment. Finally, barring reopener by the RTC (as outlined below), the employees shall receive a final 3 percent cost of living adjustment on July 1, 2014. This award is prospective only, and there is no retroactivity to July 1, 2012.
2.There shall be no salary adjustments or merit increases during the term of the collective bargaining agreement. The parties shall negotiate upon appropriate language regarding the use and structure of performance evaluations given during the term of the collective bargaining agreement.
3.The language regarding longevity (Article 32), as reflected in the parties’ agreement effective from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2012, shall remain in effect and incorporated into the successor bargaining agreement.
4.The term of the parties’ new collective bargaining agreement shall be from July 1, 2012 through and up to June 30, 2015. However, should tax sales revenue as reported from October 2012 to October 2013 decrease by more than seven percent, then the RTC shall have the unilateral right to reopen negotiations regarding compensation under Article 15. The desire to reopen negotiations shall be made in writing to the Union by February 1, 2015 and shall pertain to Article 15 only. The parties shall not bargain to impasse during any such reopener.
If you have any questions, please contract your Chief Steward Madalyn Reyes, 676-1942.