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2013-2015 Contract Negotiations Update — April 2, 2013

April 02, 2013

In the wake of HSTA's tentative settlement, we contacted the Employer in an effort to reach an agreement prior to the end of the 2013 legislative session.
To discuss the 2013-2015 contract, the negotiating teams for Units 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 13 will be meeting tomorrow and the negotiation team for Unit 9 will be meeting on Friday. Given HSTA's tentative agreement and UPW's ongoing discussions, we hope to get the Employer to engage in serious discussion regarding the items in the negotiating teams' package of proposals. We will be seeking a fair deal, no less than what the bargaining units in other unions are seeking.
With legislative deadlines for budgets approaching, we are trying to reach an agreement by next week. April 15 marks the end of the mediation period. If no agreement is reached by then, we will proceed to arbitration.
We believe that after years of sacrifice our members deserve a fair contract that restores lost benefits. Your negotiating teams remain committed to obtaining the best possible contract.

We will continue to keep you updated via eBulletin and the HGEA website on any progress or new developments.

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