AFSCME and State Employer Nearing Agreement

Jan 29, 2010, 11:23 ET from Michigan AFSCME Council 25, AFL-CIO

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Edward L. McNeil, Special Assistant to Albert Garrett, President of Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, issued the following statement:

"Michigan AFSCME Council 25's Institutional Unit bargaining committee began meeting with the Office of the State Employer (OSE) about 9:00 AM on Thursday, January 28, and continued at the bargaining table until about 9:00 AM today, Friday, January 29, in an effort to reach an agreement covering the Institutional Unit.  At 9:00 AM today, AFSCME was prepared to continue bargaining, but the employer's representatives stated they had a prior commitment, and concluded the session.

"The parties have not yet reached agreement, but the parties have made some movement, and there is measurable progress," continued McNeil.  "It appears that the employer is at last moving from their previous fixed position, and this is encouraging.  There are, however, some outstanding issues to be addressed.  We are continuing to seek information and additional data regarding the employer's proposal.  We have demanded that the status quo continue until agreement is reached.

"AFSCME has offered to continue bargaining on Saturday, January 30, and/or at any time between January 30 and February 5," concluded McNeil.  "If the employer is unwilling or unable to meet on any of those dates, we are open to dates they may propose.  We are very, very serious about wrapping up these negotiations."

Edward L. McNeil is Chief Negotiator for the AFSCME Institutional Unit, representing Michigan civil service workers.  Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 90,000 public workers across Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers nationwide.  News releases issued by Michigan AFSCME Council 25 are available at http://laborweb.afscme.org/sites/MI_C_25.

SOURCE Michigan AFSCME Council 25, AFL-CIO