Advanced Contract Negotiations Preparation Service

If your collective bargaining agreement expires in the next six (6) to twelve (12) months, its time to begin preparing for the bargaining process. Negotiations preparation is a long and complex process with multiple steps that requires in depth analysis of your organization, your financial status, day-to-day operations, the collective bargaining agreement and the Employer's objectives. Our firm offers a brief negotiations checklist as well as more in depth planning assistance.

 
 
 
The first step in preparing to negotiate a labor contract with the Union is a
thorough examination and analysis of the current collective bargaining agreement.

Our firm's contract examination service provides:

 

 

Included is a free one-hour conference call to review the contract analysis and suggested changes.

STEP 1:

Contract Examination
& Analysis

 

Step 2:
PREPARE PROPOSALS

 

Step 3:
GOOD FAITH BARGAINING

 

Step 4:
AGREEMENT

 

Step 5:
MANAGEMENT FLEXIBILITY
LABOR STABILITY
COST PREDICTABILITY

EVALUATION OF CURRENT CONTRACT TERMS

Contracts are often complex and confusing. This service provides a thorough review of all operational and economic aspects of the contract, maximizing the reader’s understanding of the Parties’ rights and obligations under the current contract terms.

DETERMINE INCONSISTENCIES THROUGHOUT THE CONTRACT

Contracts spanning many years and usually negotiated by different Management and Union bargaining teams become out of sync, resulting in fundamental conflicts that can lead to expensive operational inefficiencies. This service identifies contradictions and offers sound solutions for correction.

REPLACEMENT CONTRACT LANGUAGE TO MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY

The following are examples of provisions most frequently in need of significant revisions:

Management Rights
Overtime Assignments
Bargaining Unit Work
Vacancies/Promotions
Transfers
Subcontracting
Performance Standards
Attendance Issues

GUIDANCE ON ECONOMIC TRENDS

This service provides the most recent trends in wages, health care costs and coverage, retirement, overtime, attendance and other core economic and operations.