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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Thousands of state workers in Louisiana will be covered by newly-negotiated employment contracts for the first time

At labor-management meetings, our union team sits down with management regularly to talk about problems like safety, staffing, and ways to retain those of us that work in the more dangerous units in our facility. Labor-management meetings work. Recently, we won $.75-an-hour hazard pay for coworkers in the more hazardous unit called ASSA. We also changed a policy that put more distance between us and our more dangerous patients -- because at arm's length, many of us were getting hurt.

Good labor relations matter when union members meet with management to negotiate a new agreement. Members of AFSCME Local 1187 work for Sodexo at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL  Lafayette). Recently, they sat down with the company to negotiate a new four-year agreement. Both sides had their priorities, and when negotiations were completed, the new agreement addressed wage suppression and the retention of newer employees, which was a concern both of the company and of union members.

AFSCME Council 17 member Shante’ Gibbs and analyst John Lacny were in studio with Jim Engster on the Louisiana Radio Network to join the conversation on budget cuts and their support of taking away exemptions from corporations.
The Union of Louisiana's State Workers is working to raise awareness about tax fairness, among businesses in the state.