Thursday, July 22, 2010

Update on July 21 Negotiation Meeting

The Board’s Negotiating Committee and the NFT met last night for approximately two hours. Most, if not all, of the conversation centered on health care costs. The Board presented a cost savings proposal of self insuring our prescription plans, which our broker estimates will reduce our current costs $1.3 million next year, with similar savings in subsequent years. This would be an immediate savings with no impact on our employees. The Board cannot change this plan without NFT consent as any change would violate status quo. The Negotiation Team did bring up the topic of employee contributions towards health care premiums, but there was little reaction or comment from the NFT in this regard. The NFT offered no counter proposals last night. Another negotiation meeting has been set for August 12th.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Talks Rescheduled

The June 30th negotiation session with the NFT has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 21st.