Thought it would be helpful to send out some information regarding the contract bargaining that is going on between the NCFLL and the Department. At the current time I can not send out copies of the items we have already agreed on. Below is an update on where we stand as of today.
It has been a fairly intense process for bargaining a new contract with the Department. We have completed two or the three scheduled bargaining sessions. We had a two session in Atlanta from April 9th thru April 20th. Our second session was in Newark, Delaware from May 6th thru May 18th. Our last scheduled session will be at the MSHA Academy in Beckley, West Virginia from June 4th thru the 15th.
To date we have signed of on 13 different contract proposals which are now contained in a Preamble and 10 contract articles:
restored to the contract.
Coverage and Recognition
Telework (formerly Flexiplace)
Dependant Care which now includes the language on Child Care Subsidy from Article 51
Mass Transit which has language on a new pre-tax parking program which was proposed as a separate article
Leave of Absence
Harassing conduct and Workplace Violenc
When we get back together at the bargaining table we will work on reaching agreement on the three articles currently being worked on
Articles 8, 10 and 34.
I will send out another update after we have finished our next bargaining session.