GENERAL OVERVIEW OF THE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS PROCESS

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Updated 1/21/2024

PLEASE NOTE: The contract negotiation process can be dynamic. This overview is designed to provide a basic guide to the principles of the process and to help members understand the flow.

Joining the ACMEA Contract Negotiations Committee
ACMEA will send an online survey to the membership approximately 6-9 months before the contract expires. The survey will ask a series of questions to help shape the goals of the upcoming negotiations. The goals may include, but are not limited to, improving salaries, benefits, and working conditions. The survey will also ask if you would like to volunteer on the ACMEA Negotiations Committee.

Per the ACMEA Bylaws, the President will use their authority to appoint members to the ACMEA Negotiations Committee, pending approval of the ACMEA Board of Directors.

ACMEA will confirm that each member is in good standing, part of the bargaining unit, has availability, is a team player, and understands that the role of the committee is "to do what is in the best interest of the membership".

Structure of the ACMEA Contract Negotiations Committee
The ACMEA Negotiations Committee is comprised of two groups: 

  1. The Planning Committee
  2. The Table Committee

Planning Committee
Everyone who sits on the ACMEA Negotiations Committee is also part of the Planning Committee. The Planning Committee provides updates to the ACMEA Board of Directors.

Table Committee
The Table Committee is a smaller sub-group of the Planning Committee. The Table Committee provides updates to the ACMEA Board of Directors.

ACMEA Board of Director(s) who lead(s) the negotiations team will select the members from the Planning Committee who will sit on the Table Committee. The criteria for selection includes, but is not limited to:

  • Volunteer history
  • Number of bargaining unit seats
  • Length of time in ACMEA
  • Strategic placement
  • Availability
  • Teamwork/Demeanor
  • Board member status