... in terms of the contract.
I suppose the good news is that they are adopting the same language as the last contract -- except, we don't get our 'step' raises.
So -- once again, those hired this year and next will be evaluated and placed on the salary scale at or above the level of folks who are here and have been here for 6-9 years.
This is how it works -- (this isn't my case... ) Say, I've been here for 6 years and am current at step 6. This came about because the credit for my experience was limited by contract --- so, if I had 10 years experience coming in, I'm put at step 4 and have had two step increases.
Someone hired under the new language -- in the past few years and the newly agreed upon contract has 10 years and is placed on step 10. They're now 4 steps ahead of me and will be until they max out. It is also the case that I have 16 years of experience while they only have 10.
In essence, every time we've had a contract that didn't include step-increases -- those years effectively don't count toward experience / money. BUT, doing the same work outside the system is counted.
The earning differences are huge and quite un-fair.
It's also the case that the union leadership is maxed out on the salary scale and don't really care.