Short Paper: Collective Bargaining—Employee Wages and Benefits
. This short paper should include:
- A copy of the agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement section SECTION 25.05: PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, EQUIPMENT, TOOLS
The Employer agrees to provide to employees any required tools and safety or protective equipment, reasonably fitted safety clothing, and devices necessary to provide protection of employees from hazardous conditions to include inclement weather encountered during the performance of official duties. Such equipment will be provided as authorized by applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The Union agrees to assist the Employer in aggressively publicizing the benefits of the use of protective devices and equipment by employees, and their adhering to good safety practices, policies, and procedures.
Management will provide a voucher to buy three (3) pairs of boots every 24 months: one (1) pair of light weight non-winter OSHA certified steel-toed boots; two (2) pairs of heavy weight insulated OSHA certified steel-toed boots.
Management will provide a $175 voucher per employee for company logoed cold-weather gear, medium, and light weight jackets every 24 months. Management will provide the vendor that all employees must use for the purchase of boots and gear. There will be a wide selection of boots to chose from which meet the OSHA standards and are steel toe and a catalog to select gear from. Accommodations may be made in special circumstances if the selection provided is not a fit for the employee.
Any boots that are worn out by OSHA standards, will remain the property of the employee. Any logoed gear or jackets that are badly frayed or damaged will be returned to management.
Employees may take their boots and gear home; however, it is the expectation that all employees are prepared for their shift, which includes the appropriate gear and footwear at all times. Failure to comply will result in the employee being sent home to get appropriate gear. All employees will be provided storage lockers. It is the responsibility of all employees to maintain the upkeep and cleanliness of their gear and boots.
- A personal account of the negotiating process. This account needs to include:
- A listing of the key challenges or points of friction.
- An analysis of the negotiating principles used by both parties and the BATNA of their own position.
- A review on the success of interest-based compared to distributive bargaining principles.
- An analysis of the strength of the other positions – were their positions weak and not supported well or just the opposite?
- A reflection on how this negotiation session was different than the first one completed under Milestone One in Module Three.
- What might need to be changed to be more successful in follow-on negotiating sessions?
- A conclusion about the outcome – did it favor one side or the other?