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Collective Bargaining for Supervisory Unit SU Members

This sheet is designed to answer common question No. 4

SU members are asking about collective bargaining. 

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your Employee Representative by clicking the link below.

What is the process involved in bargaining a

contract with the State for our union?

Bargaining the contract is an ongoing process and includes more than just the time spent at the negotiating table. SU member input in the form of surveys, chapter meetings, and individual outreach help shape the strategy the team incorporates for negotiations. 


Below is a general, condensed overview from electing member negotiators to reaching a tentative agreement. 


1.     SU surveys members for insight into their priorities and elect members to the bargaining 

         team (Fall 2020)

2.     Bargaining team, including APEA-AFT staff, begin researching and drafting proposed

         language (Fall 2020)

3.     SU starts meeting with the State team at agreed upon times, dates, and locations

        (December 2020)

4.     Proposals, and counter-proposals, are exchanged and discussed (ongoing)

5.     When both sides agree on a particular topic, both sides tentatively agree (TA) (ongoing)

6.     Once all open articles have reached a TA, SU negotiations present the full tentative

         agreement to membership (TBD)

7.     Only Full Members of SU can vote on the Tentative Agreement.  If you aren’t a full member

         yet, or are not sure, you can download, fill out, and return your membership form here.

8.     If SU members reject the full tentative agreement, SU must go back to the negotiations

        table and start anew.

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