Friday, September 30, 2011

Tentative Agreement and Contract Vote

Negotiations: The AHEM and District negotiations teams came to a tentative agreement on a new contract the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27.  Given the current state of district finances and the economy, our negotiations team feels we have an acceptable offer.

From here, we follow a process outlined in our organization’s bylaws and rules to conduct a vote.  Here are the steps:

Organizational Meetings: The next step is for the AHEM Executive Board to decide to send the tentative agreement to the membership for a vote. Our Board will meet on Monday, October 3rd at 4:30 pm to consider this. A Representative Assembly will follow at 6:00 pm to hear the specifics of the proposal and approve election rules.

Member Meetings and Information: Members will receive written details in their buildings by mid week.  AHEM Negotiators will hold informational meetings on
  • Thursday, October 6, Champlin Park High School (North Lecture Hall), meetings at 3:45 pm and 4:45 pm
  • Monday, October 10, Coon Rapids High School (Auditorium), meetings at 3:45 pm and 4:45 pm

Voting: If approved by the Executive Board, a vote will be held on October 12 and 13 at central locations.  After the Representative Assembly approves election rules on Monday, we will send out the details of the voting procedures, including where and when to vote, how to vote absentee, and when the vote will be tallied.

Good Question:  Why won’t you answer my question about the specifics of the tentative agreement?  According to our bylaws, our Executive Board needs to decide whether to send the agreement to the membership for a vote before we discuss details of the settlement.  This helps us get the information out more consistently and accurately by ensuring the agreement has been checked over by a number of people before it is made public.