Negotiations continue at our largest Bargaining Unit. The contract at CUNA Mutual Financial Group expires the end of March and both sides have been busy exchanging contract proposals.
Membership has been showing its solidarity by wearing blue on Wednesdays and at the All Staff forum bock on March 9th many of us attended wearing our OPEIU stickers. Personally, I know that management saw it as I ran into CEO Trunso while walking to the Forum and I had my sticker on!
There has been some progress to date with a number of Tentative Agreements reached including on the amount of Across the Board raises, but the biggest issues are still outstanding. The Company continues to focus on radical changes to the Health Insurance options, insisting on removing access to all HMOs and offering only "consumer driven" plans managed by Cigna and dropping Health Retirement Accounts. On our behalf, the Union is standing strong in opposition to those changes. Membership has spoken out loudly against losing the HMOs, both on our Facebook page as well as in direct communication to members of the Bargaining Team.
On our behalf, the Union has been pushing for changes to how the Company is handling outsourcing, raising awareness around Performance Reviews, and otherwise maintaining the decent compensation that Members are getting from a Company that continues to do remarkably well, thanks to our hard work.
Since there have been agreements reached and progress is being made, the contract talks will continue even if the term of the contract ends while negotiations are on-going. The current contract will remain in place and in force until such a time as the new contract terms are voted and approved by Membership.
Negotiations are ongoing and our solidarity is more important than ever. Wear blue on Wednesdays, support our Bargaining Team members, and stand strong during this process and we will get a good, fair, and equitable contract.