As we push towards completing our negotiations with the State, our Unit 21 team recorded another significant tentative agreement that protects a key priority of ours: maintaining our professional status as Educational Consultants and Librarians.

After the State tried to delete language that grants us discretion in executing our work, we were able to retain all our language in the contract section 21.16.21 – Professional Responsibility. We fought the State’s attempt to impose a takeaway, keeping the language that allows us to exercise our professional judgment in our work, including the location and scheduling of work hours to fulfill our professional responsibilities.

We also secured agreement on 11.65.21 – Arduous Pay Differential. We improved language in this section, which now guarantees proper notification from management when our members submit a request for arduous pay for extreme overtime work. Previously, no notice was required, and “answers” often never happened.

We also rolled over 12.8.21 – Overtime Meals and 8.28.11 – Educational Leave, preserving two past contract wins.

Finally, our efforts to, with a new proposal, enable Unit 21 members to transfer educational leave to those not normally eligible for this leave were rejected. Despite being positive about the idea, the State ultimately rejected our proposal, citing problems with implementing the idea due to a “Vietnam-era” payroll system.

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With just a few days remaining before our contract expires, Unit 21 is on standby to meet once again with the State to resolve outstanding issues. When we meet, you’ll read it here first!

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