EWU Bargaining update (overview)



ewu1The EWU Bargaining Team kicked off negotiations May 21 with agreement on ground rules and a commitment to using Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB), the method often referred to as “Win-Win” bargaining and based on concepts developed by Nobel Prize winning economist John Nash in the 1950s. At EWU, both sides immediately put IBB into practice with members of management and union sitting next to each other, rather than as two teams facing off against each other. Reported the team: “We discussed bringing concepts and issues to the table rather than firm proposals.  We agreed to be open-minded and attempt problem solving.  We agreed to brainstorm and develop multiple solutions to a problem.  The parties will to come to consensus when possible.” Also from the first day of bargaining at EWU: The Federation team proposed a memorandum of understanding to address the recruitment and retention concerns of members working at the EWU Police Department; a budget presentation will be made to the teams; and bargaining dates have been confirmed for June 11, July 23, July 24, July 30, Aug. 7 and Aug. 8.

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