Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Negotiations Start - City Offer "Draconian"

FINALLY, NEGOTIATIONS BEGIN
Today the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA), led by President Helen Nenadal, and the City of Costa Mesa began negotiations on a new contract.  The existing contract expired the end of March, 2013.



"DRACONIAN AND UNPRECEDENTED"
In a press release today the association spokeswoman Jennifer Muir announced that, "During the first session of negotiations today, the City presented CMCEA with a draconian and unprecedented initial proposal that attempts to completely destroy the relationship that the City has built with its employees over the last 60 years."

NEW WEB SITE
The association also announced the creation of a new web site, Costa Mesa Works, that can be reached HERE.  They plan to keep their membership and residents appraised of any progress in the negotiations on this site.  When you click on that link you'll find today's press release for your reading pleasure.

ANTICIPATED ANIMOSITY

I'm not surprised that the City's offer - which will be discussed in detail later, once the employees have been briefed on it later this week - was found to be lacking.  From what I understand at this point, and the details of which I hope to share later, not only is this less than was hoped for, but it is an in-your-face rejection of the collaborative efforts made by both the City and the CMCEA over the past years.  This pit bull approach by City negotiator Richard Kreisler is consistent with his reputation and certainly is supported by the current anti-employee council majority.

NEXT SESSION IN SEPTEMBER
We'll do our best to keep you informed as negotiations continue and as Steve Mensinger's COIN ordinance kicks in.  The next negotiating session is on September 10, 2013.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous 18 Duke said...

Seems to me that the employees havent done much to stand united. It appears that only those who stab their fellow co-workers in the back to get ahead are the only ones getting head. Look around you, made up positions on the 5th floor for those who used to work on the bottom floors. Secretaries promoted to positions they have no business being in...

What is it going to take to get the employees together and fight like the Teamsters do? Sadly, it appears this bunch has a every person for themselves mentality.

When good people stand united with the residents, charter scams can be defeated again and again.

Its going to be interesting to see what

8/06/2013 06:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Jackles spots said...

Wait till they get to the cops. That's when we'll get to see the "old" Righiemer.
Did anyone actually think it was going to be different?

8/06/2013 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous 101 said...

the first offer in negotiations better be something the unions reject. if they took it that guy is not doing his job. now, it should not contain any personal insults to spoil the atmosphere of negotiations. Insulting numbers in unions mind may be considered generous by the taxpayer so hard to label them as truly insulting. golden goose is dead.

8/06/2013 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's the Bids? said...

The council idiots better be careful. This could come back to bite them, and I hope it does.

Hey, btw, has anyone seen any bids from the 60th Anniversary party for contracts issued? Just wondering where they are....

8/06/2013 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Initially said...

Mensy's COIN:

"Come On, Ima Nitwit.."

"Cops Or Intelligentsia, No."

"Coming Out In Narcissism."

8/07/2013 09:02:00 AM  

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