At the November 1, 2005 Local 120 City Bargaining Unit meeting (by far the most heavily attended Unit meeting in the last 10 years), Union members voted overwhelmingly to reject the City's current offer by a vote of 57 to 7.
This clear mandate sends the Union Negotiating Team back to the table with a clear message for the City; we won't accept the City's stance of no COLA for 2006, and their inflexible position on the AOR issues.
In a desperate attempt to influence Union members, City negotiators used the City's intranet home page to announce to the entire city that they were done negotiating.
Not to be fooled, the Union members rejected this ploy with a 57 to 7 no vote.
Quote of the day: "For a worker to refuse to
belong to a union is not to exercise a democratic freedom. It is to
accept benefits that others have worked for without contributing to the
costs. Democracy flourishes only when freedom is accompanied by
responsibility." (Australian Bank Employees Union).