Management Wants to Exercise Their "Specific" Rights
The 2017 University of Maryland Employee contract negotiations is heating up. Proposals are being brought to the table on both the sides. Here is a quick guide to what the university administration is proposing on behalf of management :
"SPECIFIC" MANAGEMENT RIGHTS AND "GENERAL" MANAGEMENT RIGHTS
Although the Management Rights clause says the employer has the right to run the work place, this is a general right and does not mean they can change any working conditions any time they want. Management Rights clauses that list specific items like, "management has the right to set starting times" means the union can't complain about management setting starting times, unless some other part of the contract addresses the same issue. A Management Rights clause might say "management has the right to determine what methods are used in production" BUT they will have to negotiate with the Union over everything that changes the workers' working conditions. That could include rates of pay, amount of work, conditions of work (new equipment is noisy, dirty etc.) and if people will get laid off because of new machinery. So even if management has a specific right given to them in the Management Rights clause, they still may have to bargain over how using that right affects workers.
ISSUES THE BOSS MUST DISCUSS
Here is a list of some issues that management must talk to the Union about unless the Union has specifically waived its right to bargain or grieve them (by previously coming to agreement on the issue):
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