Saturday, April 10, 2010

Public Lawyers, Supervisors and Managers Get Union Contract

Forty mid-level managers working for Ulster County have ratified their first-ever union contract. This should be a shining example to all other workers that banding together to bargain for workplace rules and compensation is a smart thing to do. Ulster Legislators should be approving the new contract this month.

The Ulster County Staff Association – a group that includes social-services lawyers, nursing managers and probation supervisors – had been fighting for a contract since 2005.

How could that be the case? That is an extra long time to bargain. Maybe someone from that association could explain who held it up so long and why.

As always, negotiations for contracts are a two way street. The new agreement, which runs through 2010, would give them a 13 percent pay hike but also raises their contributions toward health benefits. The pact does not include retroactive pay, which could have cost Ulster roughly $250,000 but cost them nothing due to collective bargaining. Nice advantage for the County on that one.

Working with and under a contract is the best option for all American workers. Without a contract, you have no say in anything that goes on in your workplace. It's that simple.

Don't listen to the ignorant people and the corporate shills who bash organized labor and unions. There is strength in numbers - and it is an AMERICAN TRAIT to band together for the good of each other. Comments to the contrary are bullshit.

...and to all of those union bashers I have just three little words...........

the Chamber of Commerce.


Anonymous said...

Greetings Bullhorner, I couldnt agree with you more! Collective bargaining is what allows our workers to have a say in the workplace where we spend most of our lives on a day to day basis. Having a contract in place works for both parties involved. Having terms and conditions in place by way of contract helps to establish specific guidelines that dictate daily operations in the workplace. What is so threatening about that? Why so much bashing from those that are opposed to this simple practice?

Anonymous said...

Having a contract in place for workers is indeed the SMART thing to do for any workforce. Working under a union is like playing for the Yankees, the other players in the league knock the Yankees verbally, but they all wanna be a Yankee at the end of the day! Dont bash the unions for playing smart, go out and join a union and get some respect in the workplace!

Anonymous said...

I don't know who writes information for this blog. If you followed County politics you would know the contract was delayed another month by all Republcans and Zimit, Gregorious and Mike Madsen. It's disgusting, they should be ashamed of themselves.