City says bargaining with AFSCME union will resume

The City of Bloomington reached out to the Bloomingtonian with the following statement Friday after the AFSCME union, which represents about 150 city workers, said negotiations were delayed by budget hearings this week. 

The City of Bloomington administration said, 

“We postponed a scheduled bargaining session before the start of budget  hearings for the unremarkable reason that the Administration was working  until virtually the last minute on items in the budget relevant to our  negotiations, including new benefits available to union members. That  postponement was not a “tactic” aimed at gaining an advantage at the  bargaining table.

Meeting  during budget hearings is very difficult simply because of everyone’s  hectic schedules during that time, and typically AFSCME bargaining has  concluded after the budget is finalized. We have offered to meet with  the union again starting next week, and as we have repeatedly told the union, the outcome of these negotiations is not dictated by the budget  process.””

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