Communication from the VM group negotiation team, April 25, 2012 IMPASSE
On April 25th, 2012 the VM bargaining team met with the employer. The Institute stated that considering the employers potential economic offer of 1.75%, 1.5% and 2% and the reduction of severance benefits, it saw no advantage that such a proposal would represent in relation to the 20% to 25% of the members receiving affected letters.
The employer did not respond directly. However it implied that employment transition policy concerns are not properly addressed at the bargaining table. We beg to differ.
The Institute expressed that it saw no advantage continuing this process, as the employment transition continues to move forward, and suggested the employer request 3rd party intervention (mediation/arbitration).
The Institute indicated that negotiations could not go forward at this juncture in time, as employment transition issues are at the forefront of PIPS-VM concerns, unless the Employer could assure us that affected letters would be rescinded, an no further ones to be issued.
The VM Bargaining Team
April 26, 2012