Let’s get something out of the way first: every issue communicated in the bargaining survey responses is important. If you are experiencing a workplace challenge, it is the role of the GTFF to support and advocate for you.
The challenge of bargaining is that it’s a lot like playing tridimensional chess in Ten Forward on the Enterprise: If you get too focused on one dimension, you might not see the Romulan raiding party bust into the bar!
That terrible metaphor aside, we take this process incredibly seriously. Here are the steps we took to ensure every issue is fully considered:
- As a group, we discussed each issue to ensure all Bargaining Team members agreed on the underlying problem at hand.
- Working separately, individual team members ranked each item with a priority level (1 to 3, where 1 is highest priority) and perception of the effort needed to properly resolve the issue (1 to 3, where 3 is highest effort).
- We averaged our individual priority and effort rankings of each item to determine a group ranking.
- Starting at the lowest averaged priority, we discussed each item to ensure agreement in the result, understand how it compared with the averaged effort ranking, and give space for disagreements to be addressed.
This process took a lot of time, which we believe was well spent. The next step will be comparing this assessment with the manually coded results from the bargaining survey to ensure the platform we present to you at the winter General Member Meeting (GMM) on January 20 is representative of the concerns you voiced. This last step is vital because you as members will be asked to ratify that platform at the GMM.
Regardless of priority or effort ranking, our goal here is to make the biggest impact we can for those in the most need. To quote the Rank-and-File UC Irvine UAW members, “[Rank & File] demands shape the movement–not the other way around.”
The Bargaining Team is committed to fighting for you because you are the movement.