The Michigan Army National Guard takes great pleasure in announcing that contract renewal negotiations will begin with Laborers International Union of North America representatives in the next few weeks. LiUNA is the labor partner that represents federal technicians who are employed in support of Michigan Army National Guard operations. LiUNA has represented MIARNG technicians since 1993.
The renewal-negotiation timeline was established in the 2011 contract along with similar operational procedures however, with many new faces involved, this interaction is especially important.
“Since the last agreement was finalized, there has been a significant amount of turnover in management and in the union,” said Maj. Kevin Weise, legal counsel for the MIARNG and lead negotiator on the contract, “These negotiations will not only provide an updated contract but also an opportunity to educate our leadership and workforce on the specifics of our partnership.”
“With the drawdown in the size of the active duty military, a larger piece of our National Defense falls on the Guard,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “As a result, our workforce is extremely operational. Updating our current contract will take this into consideration and strengthen the already strong bond between the management and labor team. I look forward to our upcoming meetings and maintaining the positive relationship that we have built with LiUNA over the years.”
The Michigan Army National Guard is supported by more than 600 technicians employed throughout the state and serving in a wide variety of important and critical occupations.