On Wednesday, May 12, the Brookings United Organizing Committee had an introductory meeting with members of the Brookings leadership team to discuss the path to voluntary recognition of our union.
Our top priority continues to be reaching agreement on the appropriate bargaining unit so that we can move ahead swiftly with certification. Prior to the meeting, we had asked Brookings leadership to provide us with their response to our proposed bargaining unit by Friday, May 7. Unfortunately, this deadline was not met and we were informed yesterday not to expect to receive their proposal until the Memorial Day weekend or slightly thereafter. At this time, Brookings leadership was not willing to offer a more specific date but committed to working in a timely and good-faith manner.
While we are disappointed with the pace of negotiations, we look forward to our future discussions and ongoing relationship so that we can come up with an agreed upon bargaining unit that works for everyone. We hope Brookings leadership commits to meeting their own deadline of getting us a bargaining unit proposal by Memorial Day or slightly thereafter, and that given this extra time they plan to propose a broad-based bargaining unit in line with our original proposal.
We know that Brookings leadership shares our same goals for retaining top talent, expanding inclusion and diversity, and setting a new standard for worker representation in the workplace. We hope that this passion pushes management to speed up their timeline.