More Progress in CMPI 610 Negotiations

 

September 2011

 

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The SIU Government Services Division, the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) and the

Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSFSC) are continuing negotiations on the Civilian Marine Personnel Instruction (CMPI) 610. The negotiations started in January 2010 and most recently continued in early July at SIU headquarters in Camp Springs, Md.

 

The parties are close to completing substantive negotiations with only a few provisions remaining that need to be drafted or further refined.

 

The bargaining teams did not meet in May but resumed their negotiations in June at SIU headquarters, assisted by Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Mediator Rob Henninger. The June meeting lasted four full days and covered a wide range of topics. Among the major subjects discussed were: meals served to extra persons, meal hours, compensatory time, gangway watches, working aloft and reduced operation status (ROS). The parties also analyzed the data gathered from surveys distributed to the fleet regarding engine department welding.

 

SIU Government Services Division officials described the July negotiating session as very important and productive. The parties revisited every newly drafted provision to ensure consistency and clarity. While little substantive language was changed, the negotiators succeeded in revising several previously drafted provisions to make them easier to understand and more coherent within the larger document.

 

Moreover, the parties revisited many of the previously drafted sections in order to further refine and update the language based on information requests and surveys. The negotiating teams also focused on the overall organization of the new CMPI 610 with the goal of making it more user-friendly and concise than the current version.

 

As previously reported, these negotiations are intended to ensure that the new CMPI 610 will be as clearly written as possible and, as a result, will be applied consistently on all vessels throughout the fleet. Along with uniformity and clarity in the revised document, the union is focused on ensuring that as work rules are modified, the overtime and penalty wages of CIVMARS are protected to the greatest possible extent. All consensus agreements will be reviewed at the end of the negotiations to determine if, as a result of any changes, CIVMARS have experienced more than a minor negative impact. The rules will also be reviewed to ensure that CIVMARS have not experienced an unintended gain.

 

In addition to finalizing the substantive negotiations, the SIU and MSC are moving through the CMPI 610 financial modeling process. The purpose of financial modeling is to achieve two main goals. From the SIU’s perspective, the goal is to ensure that as a result of rule changes to the CMPI 610, unlicensed CIVMARS will not experience a significant adverse economic impact. From MSC’s perspective the changes must fit into the negotiation ground rule which requires that the cost of the rule changes will remain within one percent (plus or minus) of MSC’s fleet-wide overtime budget.

 

Financial modeling is completed by MSC representatives, MSC subject matter experts, union representatives, accountants and legal department members. Rule changes are analyzed in detail using payroll information from 22 MSC vessels.

 

In addition to the information in the payrolls, financial modeling team members review ships’ logs and vessel masters’ certificates as well as consult various vessel personnel to ensure that the information collected is as accurate as possible.

 

The union anticipates that the financial modeling for SIU-proposed CMPI 610 provisions will be completed this fall. If the SIU and MSC believe that changes are within the ground rule parameters, CMPI 610 negotiations will be complete and the implementation process will begin.

 

If the parameters are not met, the parties will return to the table to complete negotiations and work through issues to ensure that the parties’ goals are met.

 

The union will keep MSC CIVMARS advised of the progress through future LOG articles and CIVMAR-GRAMS.

 

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