Labor Negotiations

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2018 Labor Contract Updates

The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) collective bargaining agreement with Sandia National Laboratories expires July 27, 2018. The agreement covers about 490 employees.

Negotiations for a new contract are scheduled to begin in June. The agreed-upon dates are June 12 and 14 and July 9, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 and 20. Sandia's team is prepared and has offered to negotiate the entire month of July, if additional time is required and the union becomes available.

On May 30, 2018, Sandia provided a comprehensive business and benefits update to the OPEIU representatives in preparation for upcoming negotiations.

Please refer to this website for any significant updates on the contract negotiation process.

July 18, 2018, 7:40 p.m. update

Sandia and union negotiators met for several sessions today, concluding with a productive session that ended about 7 p.m.

Sandia previously proposed aligning union member benefits with those of nonrepresented employees so they would get benefits changes at the same time as other employees. Examples of recent benefits changes include additional vacation-buy hours and Sandia Extras supplemental insurance options. The union negotiators delegated by the international trustee rejected that offer today. Sandia has yet to receive any wage proposal from OPEIU representatives.

Negotiations continue tomorrow.

July 17, 2018, 7:20 p.m. update

Sandia and OPEIU representatives had productive conversations today at the bargaining table that focused on issues important to both parties. Sandia is hopeful that the negotiations are gaining momentum and progressing in a cooperative manner.

Sandia and the union also decided that if a tentative agreement is not reached by the end of this week and more talks are needed, representatives from both sides will continue negotiations next week.

Negotiations will resume tomorrow as previously scheduled.

July 12, 2018, 7:40 p.m. update

Sandia and the OPEIU met for several sessions throughout the day. The OPEIU international’s bargaining coordinator has joined the talks as the lead negotiator.

Sandia offered to negotiate Friday through Monday, but the union is unavailable until Tuesday, July 17, when negotiations will resume as scheduled.

Sandia is hopeful that negotiations will move forward quickly. Sandia is committed to bargaining in good faith to reach an agreement that is fair to our employees and that supports our national security mission.

July 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. update

Sandia and OPEIU representatives met for the fourth day of negotiations. Nearly every article in the contract has been discussed. With only five scheduled days of talks remaining and none scheduled for the week of July 23, Sandia had hoped more progress would have been made by this point. Sandia offered to return to the table this evening, but the union was unavailable.

As the union had previously informed us, the international trustee is unavailable for the rest of the scheduled negotiation dates. The OPEIU trustee’s delegate, another international representative, will take over as lead negotiator at the table starting tomorrow.

July 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m. update

Sandia and the OPEIU resumed negotiations. Based on prior conversations and the limited dates offered by the union, the Sandia team anticipated that the union would have provided more responses to Sandia’s proposals either ahead of talks or at the bargaining table today. Sandia presented and discussed several new proposals.

Sandia remains committed to bargaining in good faith to reach an agreement before the contract’s expiration date. The union is unavailable negotiate tomorrow, so the teams will meet back at the table Wednesday, when Sandia looks forward to making more progress.

June 14, 2018, 4:40 p.m. update

Sandia and the union negotiations team met at the table for several hours this morning and again for a short time this afternoon, wrapping up discussions at 2 p.m. Sandia looks forward to negotiations resuming July 9.

June 12, 2018, 6:15 p.m. update

Sandia National Laboratories and OPEIU began negotiating a new contract today, quickly agreeing to several noneconomic articles and discussing several others. Overall, the tone of the negotiations was positive. Sandia is looking forward to further productive sessions with the union to reach an agreement by the contract's expiration on July 27. Negotiations will continue Thursday.