CONTRACT NEGOTIATION UPDATE
PANYNJ CANCELS October 23rd negotiation meeting, purportedly due of IBEW's "refusal to negotiate" over ground rules. Obviously management does not understand the definition of "negotiation" and at this point it is quite clear their credibility is questionable. This and Executive Director Patrick Foye's non-materialized assurance that contract negotiations would be "fast-tracked" and bargaining units without agreements the longest would be first to enter into negotiations, raises serious questions about management's integrity and real intentions.
IBEW REINSTATES IMPROPER PRACTICE CHARGE (IP-13-07) -The Improper Practice Charge alleges the Port Authority of NY&NJ has failed to meet it's Duty to Bargain, as required under the Port Authority Labor Relations Instruction.
PANYNJ NEGOTIATING TEAM A "NO-SHOW" at IBEW Headquarters June 28th negotiation meeting, citing among other reasons, "Friday traffic given the upcoming holiday week and a scheduled home Mets game".
IBEW DECLINES "GAG RULE" AGREEMENT - On June 7, 2013, the Administrative Board of IBEW AP-Division informed Port Authority management representatives that discussions pertaining to restrictive Ground Rules were concluded. The Union, however, has made it clear to management that our Membership is prepared to: 1) meet at reasonable times & intervals, 2) meet at reasonable places and 3) Confer In-Good-Faith over mandatory subjects of negotiation.