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- Last Updated: December 10, 2018 December 10, 2018
The City of Albany and AFSCME Union began contract negotiations on April 16, 2018 and moved to mediation on October 8, 2018. There are many questions being asked about current labor negotiations and the City wants to provide transparency and factual information to assist employees in better understanding these important issues. Toward this effort, this web page has been created to provide information.
December 10, 2018 Update: The City of Albany and AFSCME Union met on Friday, December 7, 2018, for an additional mediation session. In our effort to continue to provide clarification and transparency, a summary of the City’s additional mediation proposal changes is available here.
City of Albany employees provide valuable services for our community and we hold our employees in high regard. We appreciate and respect the work each employee does to make the City a safe, healthy and vibrant community for our residents and taxpayers.
We work with all four of our employee labor organizations to balance the need for competitive wages and benefits, while also ensuring responsible stewardship of limited taxpayer resources.
We encourage you to review the facts in order to be well informed.
Who is AFSCME?
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) General Unit. At the City of Albany, AFSCME employees are represented by AFSCME Council 75, Local 2909 (General Unit) and Local 2909-1 (Transit).
There are currently 173 represented AFSCME general unit employees and 10 represented Transit Unit employees employed at the City of Albany. The positions held by AFSCME employees at the City vary and can be found across nearly every department. The AFSCME General Unit includes office administrative staff, engineers, planners, maintenance technicians, librarians, I.T. staff, recreation coordinators, accounting specialists, and more. The AFSCME Transit Unit members include Transit Operators, Transportation Assistants, Maintenance and administrative employees.
Why is the City providing bargaining updates now?
Collective bargaining is regulated by state law that limits certain discussions outside the designated bargaining teams until a certain point. The City is obligated to comply with those laws. We have now reached a point where information can be shared publicly.
Where are we in the bargaining process?
The City began bargaining with both AFSCME General and Transit units on April 16, 2018. On October 8, 2018, we entered mediation in a continued effort to come to an agreement. On November 8, after the second mediation session, the City declared impasse with the hope of expediting resolution through further discussion. By declaring impasse, the General Unit and the City were required to submit final offers by Friday, November 9. Once final offers were published, a 30-day cooling off period began.
The City requested an additional mediation session with the Transit Unit to discuss the Union’s identified safety concerns. The City believes that additional focused discussion on safety concerns will benefit all parties and will hopefully lead to resolution. The City’s intent is to continue to include the Transit Unit in any mediation sessions held with the General Unit.
A third mediation session has been scheduled with both the AFSCME General Unit and Transit Unit for Friday, December 7, 2018.
The City proposed contract provides for an additional $4.6 million in wages and benefits over four years when compared to the expired contract.
The City will continue to work in good faith with both AFSCME units to reach an agreement throughout the cooling off period.