Negotiations Update 9/3/2015
We met for negotiations twice this week and nearly no progress was made. Major issues, including healthcare, work rules, and the financial package have yet to be resolved.
Because the pace of negotiations has nearly stalled, ATU and Metropolitan Council have petitioned the Bureau of Mediation Services to begin Mediation.
We have scheduled September 11th for negotiations to try to resolve some non-monetary issues prior to Mediation commencing. As soon as mediation is scheduled, the dates will be posted.
What is Mediation? Contract mediation usually starts when negotiations between the parties become non-productive or cease altogether. Labor or management may petition the BMS for the services of a mediator. The mediator convenes a meeting to help the parties find a basis for resolving the dispute on terms that are acceptable to both parties. The mediator examines and analyzes positions and interests to ensure that both parties have clear understanding of the issues before them. Attempts are made to identify priorities and focus the parties' effort on problems that must be solved for an agreement. The mediator works to foster an atmosphere that is conducive to idea-sharing and problem-solving. (info. from BMS web site.)