NORTH PACIFIC GROUNDFISH OBSERVER
UNION NEGOTIATION SURVEY
For 2010 Contracts
EMAIL COMPLETED SURVEY TO: email@example.com
CONTRACT BLOG: http://www.2010contract.blogspot.com
THE OBJECTIVE of this survey is to get feedback from as many observers as possible on needed changes in the 2010 NPGOP observer union contracts. All union contracts expire December 31, 2009 and we have a unique opportunity this year to negotiate all contracts at the same time. In the past, contract negotiations have been staggered. This has seemed to work mostly to the advantage of contractors, and not necessarily observers. In addition, there has been a serious lack of transparency in our Union. Observers were not able to participate in negotiations unless he happened to be employed by that contractor. Furthermore, many observers have been left out of participating due to lapses in communication. We would like to approach this year’s negotiations differently. The APO and ObserverNet would like to facilitate organizing observers to provide both the Union and our contractors a unified voice, regardless of contractor, on observer labor issues that we all share. We would like to facilitate increased transparency of current contracts, negotiation points from each contractor, and information about contract negotiations.
The information from this survey will be kept confidential, publishing results only as summaries to observers and our Union representative, Tracey Mayhew.
Please feel free to contact us further:
Dave Wagenheim: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Mitchell: email@example.com 541-344-5503
May someone contact you for follow-ups or updates?
Accumulated Sea Days (approx):
When did you start observing?
Providers (contractors) work(ed) for:
Current pay grade (1-7):
1. What approach do you feel observers should take toward this round of negotiations?
2. List the top 5 areas, in order of importance, where you would like to see pay increases and the amounts desired. Elaborate how you would like to see these rules changed, if at all in the comments section at the end of the survey.
( ) At sea pay
( ) Briefing/Debriefing
( ) Waiting/Standby
( ) Bonus (for number of sea days per year)
( ) Bonus (for lead observer status)
( ) Pension Plan
3. Would you be interested in the idea of buying insurance through your provider for periods between contracts?
4. If you would like Insurance, list in order of importance:
( ) General Health
( ) Long-term Health/ Emergency Care
( ) Dental
( ) Vision
5. Would you sacrifice increased benefits/pay in other areas for insurance benefits? Which areas?
6. For reimbursements, list in order of importance and stipulate guidelines desired (i.e comment on problems you have had with current system and how you would like it improved):
( ) Food
( ) Travel
( ) Gear
( ) Insurance
( ) Lodging
7. How often would you like to see contracts renegotiated? Why?
( ) Yearly
( ) Every two years
( ) Every three years (current standard)
8. Would you rather be paid bi-monthly, rather than monthly (current standard)?
9. How many times have you been contacted by the union representative (Tracy Mayhew) since you began observing?
10. Are you satisfied with union/observer communications, representation and transparency of negotiations? If not, provide suggestions for improvement.
11. Are you satisfied with the information you receive about the Union pension plan and how to better contribute to your retirement?
12. How would you like to be kept informed of news pertaining to contract negotiations?
13. How often would you like to be updated?
14. Would you be in favor of regular union meetings? If so how often? Quarterly? Bi-annually?
15. Are you in favor of seeking another union or representative?
16. Should union dues/participation ($120 per year) be mandatory?
17. Should the union reimburse dues or be penalized/fined if they are unable to reach a contract agreement?
Please use the space below to elaborate on any of the above questions (with reference to question number) and any other issues not mentioned. Also we would like to hear about issues of union enforcement of labor issues, such as contractor abuses, contractor retaliation, medical emergencies/departure from contract, bias in vessel assignment, contractor relations (professionalism, communication, etc.), lodging conditions, frequency of pay/reimbursement, training pay/reimbursement structure, etc.
(Please reference questions 1-17 for relevant topics, add more if desired)
This survey was created in March 2009, voluntarily and for the benefit of all observers. Sponsored by the Association of Professional Observers (APO) and ObserverNet.org.
Continued feedback is welcomed online at www.2010contract.blogspot.com, where you can post anonymously. Thank you for participating!