At the Sept. 27 negotiation session, management stuck to a proposal it had floated at a previous session to give employees a two percent COLA beginning Oct. 1, 2016, and one-time bonus payment of 2% for employees hired before April 1, 2016.
Under this scenario, employees could earn a further two percent COLA in the following year if we help Jackson save $12 million through our efforts in the Labor Management Partnership, safe patient handling and reducing the length of stay.
The bargaining team expressed support for continuing to help Jackson get safer and more efficient, but stood firm on our position of demanding no less than a 4% COLA – the same as other county unions.
The next bargaining meeting will be held this Friday, Sept. 30, at 9:30am, location TBA.
Members are encouraged to stop by to show support for holding firm on the 4% COLA.