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Finance Bargaining Update 5!

We’re moving forward with two bargaining sessions coming up this week: Thursday March 4th, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., and Friday March 5th 11:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. Both sessions will be in person in the Camps conference room on the Ashland campus and on Zoom.

Our last session was productive! We tentatively agreed (TA’d) to five articles: Article 7: Labor Management Committee, Article 10: Meal Periods and Rest Breaks, Article 15: Health and Safety, Article 20: Holidays, Article 21: Vacations. This means that these articles have been agreed upon by the Finance membership, 154 Leadership, and Management and are considered to be closed unless pending ratification outside of the rare case that all parties agree to open them up again for further discussion.

We also talked about Article 6: Union Rights and Privileges and Article 11: Discipline and Discharge. While discussion around Union Rights and Privileges was fairly straightforward and dealt with the nuances around Union Reps having access to all work sites where Members are present and how to handle the presence of confidential and sensitive information that Finance regularly deals with, Discipline and Discharge did introduce a new proposal from Management that will have far-reaching implications for not just our Finance but all 154 Members as well as the company as a whole. 

Management would like to introduce a 24 month time frame for expiration of disciplinary actions on employees records. This has been introduced as a way to provide a clean slate for all employees after two years outside of “severe disciplinary actions” which would be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Ideologically the 154 is very much for this! We love the idea of clean states for all members but as this is a new and large change in discipline we’ve asked for more information and examples of how they anticipate implementing before moving forward with the proposals. If you have any questions or concerns about this please reach out! We want to make sure that everything is heard and that we’ve addressed this as thoroughly as possible. 

OSF agreed to pay the 154 Notetaker position at the table! Isabel Walker will be our note taker April 4th, 5th, and 18th but we’re still looking for note takers April 24th and 26th! If you’re interested in joining us at the table please reach out for more information - we’d love to have you!

Reminder! Our next General Meeting will be in-person only! There will be snacks, there will be cake, and most importantly this years new IATSE t-shirts will be available for pick-up at the meeting Monday, April 8th, in Carpenter Hall at 6 - 8.p.m.

What We'll Be Talking About

Coming up on the horizon for our April 4th bargaining session we'll be discussing:

Article 6 - Union Rights 

Article 16 - Training

Article 18 - Recording 

Article 22 - Sick Leaves

Article 23 - Other Leaves

Article 24 - Duration

Article 25 - Scope

Where can I watch?

Rules for Observers:

While observers are welcome to join in discussion during breaks and caucuses we ask that during bargaining we ask that all observers remain on mute to avoid any accidental interruptions or disturbances. If you have any questions or comments for the bargaining team you can reach us in real time via email at

We’ll do our best to address anything we receive at the next caucus, but anything we don’t have time for we’ll make sure to cover in a follow-up.

Future Sessions:

Thursday, April 4th: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Friday, April 5th: 11:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m 

Thursday, April 18th: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. *Soft date, TBD

Wednesday, April 24th: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Friday, April 26th: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m

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