As the pandemic lingers on, many of our bargaining units are going into negotiations for successor agreements. Sure, we've been having meetings over Zoom or other virtual meeting software, but these meetings are usually smaller in both scope and number of attendees. Because of this, even experienced members on negotiation teams have concerns about how this may affect negotiations. To help address these concerns please see this list of tips for negotiating in the time of COVID:
Meet regularly leading up to and during negotiations to discuss proposals, arguments and counters.
Keep all of your documents that pertain to negotiations in a folder on your hard drive and create a shortcut on your desktop so you can easily access it.
Have an agreed secondary method of communication such as cell phones to contact someone if they are dropped from the meeting.
Depending on the conferencing system you are using there may be the ability to create breakout rooms. If available you should use this function for caucuses, but make sure that the room is secure and only your team has access.
If a breakout room is not an option, create a separate virtual meeting that coincides with negotiations so team members can caucus.
Good luck in negotiations! Contact your local UPEC Labor Representative if you have questions, concerns or suggestions about your own Unit's negotiations.