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2019 Labor Contract Updates

The Security Police Association (SPA) collective bargaining agreement with Sandia National Laboratories expires Nov. 22, 2019. The agreement covers about 55 employees.

Negotiations for a new contract are scheduled to begin Oct. 21. Sandia's team is prepared and has offered to negotiate after business hours and on weekends, if additional time is required and the union is available.

On Sept. 24, 2019, Associate Labs Director Scott Aeilts and Senior Director John Myers provided a comprehensive business and benefits update to the SPA representatives in preparation for upcoming negotiations.

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


Nov. 15, 2019, 9:55 p.m. update

Sandia Labs is pleased that the SPA membership has ratified a new six-year contract.

Nov. 15, 2019, 4:50 p.m. update

The bargaining teams spent all day negotiating and documenting details for a new 6-year contract and have reached a tentative agreement that the union has stated they will recommend to their members for ratification this evening. We respect the union’s right to present the terms to their members. We will post the results of the ratification vote when we hear them.

Nov. 15, 2019, 9:55 a.m. update

The Sandia and SPA bargaining teams worked through the night until 4 a.m. today before reaching a basic framework for an agreement to present to union members. There are still several issues to iron out, but after a short break, the teams have resumed work this morning and hope to complete a proposal that will allow union members to vote by today’s deadline for a $2,250 early ratification bonus.

Nov. 14, 2019, 11:30 p.m. update

At the most recent bargaining session, which concluded about 11 p.m., Sandia shared a comprehensive contract proposal with the SPA. Sandia is trying to keep negotiations moving forward so union members can vote by tomorrow’s deadline for them to receive a $2,250 early ratification bonus. The proposal contained all the outstanding articles and Sandia’s counterproposal on wages.

Sandia has offered to continue bargaining through the night.

Nov. 14, 2019, 12:05 a.m. update

Sandia and the SPA met at the bargaining table three times Wednesday, and just before midnight, the SPA shared its first wage proposal. The two bargaining teams exchanged more than a half dozen counterproposals and discussed several important issues, including articles covering benefits. To date, they have reached tentative agreements on more than half the articles in the contract.

Sandia is encouraged that discussions are taking place on substantive issues, but with less than two days to go, the Labs is concerned that limited time remains to negotiate before Friday, the deadline for union members to receive a $2,250 early ratification bonus. Sandia remains committed to bargaining during and after regular business hours.

Nov. 12, 2019, 10:15 p.m. update

After a slow start earlier today, Sandia and the SPA have reached five tentative agreements and discussed four counterproposals. The teams talked over several issues and negotiated into the evening. Sandia is hopeful that this momentum continues tomorrow.

Nov. 12, 2019, 2:40 p.m. update

The SPA bargaining committee was first available to meet at the negotiating table at about 1 p.m. today and shared three counterproposals. Sandia remains willing to negotiate during and after regular business hours to meet the Friday deadline for members to receive a $2,250 early ratification bonus. Sandia has mailed a letter to the homes of SPA-represented employees to ensure they are aware of the offered bonus and deadline.

Nov. 11, 2019, 9:05 p.m. update

The fourth week of negotiations started slowly as the SPA bargaining committee was not prepared to meet until about 3:30 p.m. Monday. The parties met a second time Monday evening. Sandia is disappointed that union negotiators were not better prepared Monday, as they have made no proposals regarding wages and have not responded to most of the benefits proposals Sandia has shared. After three weeks of bargaining and several offers by Sandia to work at night and on weekends, SPA negotiators have been available for less than 20 hours at the bargaining table.

The lack of progress could jeopardize the $2,250 early ratification bonus Sandia has offered if union members ratify a new collective bargaining agreement no later than Friday. The bonus is a one-time offer that expires Friday. To keep the Labs secure in the event of a work stoppage, Sandia must initiate contingency plans on Saturday if no agreement is reached before then. Negotiations will continue Tuesday. Sandia is prepared to negotiate during and after regular business hours in order to meet the Friday deadline.

Nov. 8, 2019, 7:10 p.m. update

With one week to go before the Nov. 15 deadline to receive an early ratification bonus, bargaining continued slowly Friday afternoon. Sandia has received no union proposals on wages and is waiting for counterproposals on most benefits. Nearly all the proposals and counterproposals shared by Sandia remain with the union. Today, the sides reached three tentative agreements, bringing the total to date to fewer than half the number of articles in the contract.

For the third week in a row, Sandia offered to continue bargaining on the weekend, but the union declined to meet at the table Saturday or Sunday and stated they would not be able to meet until Monday afternoon.

Sandia is concerned by the lack of forward momentum in the bargaining process. To keep the Labs secure in the event of a work stoppage, Sandia must initiate contingency plans next weekend. That is why Sandia has shared with the union its proposal to pay a $2,250 ratification bonus to union members if the SPA ratifies a new contract no later than the afternoon of Nov. 15. The slow progress over the past two days and the lack of weekend bargaining limit the time for meaningful discussions on economic issues before the Nov. 15 deadline.

Sandia remains ready to bargain during and after business hours next week to reach an agreement by Nov. 15, so union members receive their ratification bonus. We hope when negotiations resume Monday, there will be a renewed effort by the SPA to meet this deadline.

Nov. 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. update

Without the SPA’s attorney present for the first time this week, bargaining stalled Thursday as the union was not prepared to meet until late afternoon. The bargaining teams did exchange a few counterproposals and reached tentative agreements on two articles, but Sandia is concerned the SPA bargaining team may not leave enough time for full and fruitful discussions on wages, overtime and other economic issues before an early ratification bonus deadline next week. Sandia has shared its intent to offer a bonus for union members if the SPA ratifies a new contract no later than the afternoon of Nov. 15, a week before the current collective bargaining agreement expires. Negotiations are scheduled to resume tomorrow, but the union has not agreed to meet over the weekend.

Nov. 6, 2019, 6:05 p.m. update

Wednesday was another productive day as Sandia and the SPA met for three bargaining sessions, reached two tentative agreements and held considerable discussions on several articles. Sandia shared its intent to offer a bonus for union members if the SPA ratifies a new contract no later than the afternoon of Nov. 15, a week before the current collective bargaining agreement expires. Negotiations will resume tomorrow.

Nov. 5, 2019, 9:45 p.m. update

Tuesday was the most productive day thus far in the negotiations between Sandia and the SPA. The pace of bargaining picked up one day after an attorney for the SPA arrived at the negotiating table. The bargaining committees reached nine tentative agreements and exchanged counterproposals across the table regarding two additional articles. Sandia is encouraged by the quickening work pace and looks forward to hearing from the union on more substantive proposals as the week progresses. Negotiations will resume Wednesday.

Nov. 4, 2019, 5:15 p.m. update

Sandia and the SPA met briefly Monday afternoon, starting the third week of negotiations. Sandia shared two items with the union and is now waiting for the SPA to respond, as all proposals and counterproposals currently remain with the union. Sandia is looking forward to productive bargaining over the next two weeks, hoping to reach an early ratification vote by Friday, Nov. 15. Negotiations will continue Tuesday.

Nov. 1, 2019, 4:45 p.m. update

The second week of negotiations ended Friday with Sandia and the SPA exchanging several proposals. Sandia shared five items, and the union shared two proposals during the day’s bargaining session. The two sides will not meet this weekend, but both parties anticipate beginning a busy week of bargaining when negotiations resume Monday.

Oct. 31, 2019, 4:20 p.m. update

Sandia and the SPA met for nearly an hour Thursday and reached a tentative agreement on one noneconomic article. Two union members observed the bargaining session as the SPA offered a few counterproposals for Sandia’s consideration. The two sides plan to continue negotiations Friday.

Oct. 30, 2019, 6:20 p.m. update

During two brief bargaining sessions on Wednesday, the SPA did not offer any proposals nor respond to any items already on the table. Sandia is pushing the union to present its proposals. Both sides concluded bargaining Wednesday with the expectation of exchanging proposals Thursday morning.

Oct. 29, 2019, 6:40 p.m. update

After the two sides negotiated for about an hour Tuesday, Sandia is waiting for the SPA to respond to the majority of proposals the Labs has shared with the union thus far. Sandia has responded to all but a few of the items from the union. Sandia looks forward to more productive negotiating from the SPA as the week progresses. Bargaining is expected to continue Wednesday.

Oct. 28, 2019, 6:45 p.m. update

Negotiations entered their second week today with Sandia and the SPA spending a few hours at the bargaining table. The two sides exchanged a few proposals, and Sandia answered the union’s questions about items the Labs had introduced last week. One tentative agreement on a noneconomic proposal was reached. Negotiations are scheduled to resume Tuesday.

Oct. 25, 2019, 5:35 p.m. update

Sandia and the SPA wrapped up the first week of negotiations. Today, Sandia passed 14 proposals that covered most of the remaining articles in the contract. The sides met for several hours of discussion. Sandia offered to continue negotiating this evening or throughout the weekend, but the union suggested we reconvene Monday.

Oct. 24, 2019, 4:50 p.m. update

Sandia and the SPA met briefly at the negotiating table today, the third day of bargaining. Sandia provided a few more proposals, and the parties plan to meet again tomorrow.

Oct. 22, 2019, 5:30 p.m. update

Sandia and the SPA met for several hours at the bargaining table today, the second day of negotiations. The parties reached tentative agreements on three articles, and a few proposals were passed by both sides. The discussion proceeded in a constructive manner. Negotiations are scheduled to resume Thursday.

Oct. 21, 2019, 4:45 p.m. update

Sandia National Laboratories and the SPA began negotiating a new contract today. The tone of the negotiations was positive. The parties exchanged opening remarks and proposals, setting a good foundation for continuing talks Tuesday. Sandia is looking forward to further productive sessions with the union to reach an agreement well before the contract's expiration on Nov. 22.