Chief Negotiator’s Blog: 12.9.2021

Attendees: K. Buffkin, K. Bannister, J. Kersaint, P.Diplock

UConn-AAUP Initiates Arbitration in Negotiations

On December 9, 2021, after 52 meetings and 203 total hours of negotiations with the Board of Trustees negotiating team, UConn-AAUP has initiated arbitration to resolve the outstanding issues on the table.  The tipping point for your negotiating team was the proposals presented today on Articles 19 Salary and Benefits and 38 Summer and Intercession Compensation. Regarding Article 19, after waiting since April 8th for movement from their 0%, 0%, 1% +1% proposal, the administration returned with a proposal where the only change was in the second year from 0% to .75% GWI plus .75% merit. Nominal rates of .75% and 1% will quickly erode faculty salaries with inflation well over 5%. The Executive Committee supported arbitration when repeated attempts to reach agreement with the administration on engaging an arbitrator failed. The prudent decision was to rely on the mechanism provided in the collective bargaining statute. The statute provides a timeline for engaging an arbitrator, but also allows the parties to continue to meet and work on any unresolved issue. We will update you on any progress along the way.

The parties were able to reach agreement on Article 36 Flexible Semesters.

Administrative Proposals:

Article 19 12.9.21 University Proposal

Article 36 12.9.21 University Counterproposal

Article 38 University Proposal 12.9.21

UConn-AAUP Proposals

Article-36-12.2.21-UConn-AAUP CounterProposal – Flexible Semesters

Article-13-12.2.21-UConn-AAUP-CounterProposal[3] – Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Article 27 12.2.21 UConn Counter Proposal – Discipline of  Tenure and/or Tenure Track Faculty

Article 25 12.2.21 UConn-AAUP-Proposal – Merit

Article 24 12.2.21 UConn-AAUP Counter Proposal – Research Assistants and Research Associates

Article 36 12.9.21 UConn-AAUP Counterproposal (TA’s) – Flexible Semesters

UConn-AAUP Update: December 9, 2021

In this Issue:

  • UConn-AAUP Initiates Arbitration in Negotiations

On December 9, 2021, after 52 meetings and 203 total hours of negotiations with the Board of Trustees negotiating team, UConn-AAUP has initiated arbitration to resolve the outstanding issues on the table.  The tipping point for your negotiating team was the proposals presented today on Articles 19 Salary and Benefits and 38 Summer and Intercession Compensation. Regarding Article 19, after waiting since April 8th for movement from their 0%, 0%, 1% +1% proposal, the administration returned with a proposal where the only change was in the second year from 0% to .75% GWI plus .75% merit. Nominal rates of .75% and 1% will quickly erode faculty salaries with inflation well over 5%. The Executive Committee supported arbitration when repeated attempts to reach agreement with the administration on engaging an arbitrator failed. The prudent decision was to rely on the mechanism provided in the collective bargaining statute. The statute provides a timeline for engaging an arbitrator, but also allows the parties to continue to meet and work on any unresolved issue. We will update you on any progress along the way.

In Solidarity.

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President

Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

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Chief Negotiator’s Blog: 12.2 2021

Attendees: K. Buffkin, K. Bannister, P. Diplock, J. Wade, G. Kersaint

The parties engaged in two hours of negotiations where a package of two counter- proposals was presented by the administration and two separate counter-proposals were presented by the AAUP. Questions on the proposals were answered. None of the proposals led to a temporary agreement. There were concerns expressed about the remaining proposals on the table and only one date scheduled for further negotiations.

UConn-AAUP proposals:

Article-13-12.2.21-UConn-AAUP-CounterProposal[2]

Article 26 12.2 21. UConnAAUPdocx

Administration Proposals:

Article 28 12.1.21 University Package Counterproposal

Article 30 12.1.21 University Package Counterproposal

University Package Counterproposal 12.1.21

SEBAC Coalition Update: 11.17.2021

SEBAC Update on Coalition Bargaining – 11/17/2021

Union leaders in SEBAC and the Lamont Administration met again today, November 17, to discuss proposals. We plan to have additional meetings with the Lamont Administration in the near future. Local negotiation committees will continue to be updated on the status of coalition negotiations.

Chief Negotiator’s Blog: 11.15.2021

Attendees: K. Buffkin, K. Bannister, P. Diplock, J. Wade, G. Kersaint

There still remains over 20 articles on the table, and yet the administration submitted 1 proposal today – Article 12 Personnel Files. The administration continues to try and eliminate PTR and P&R external letters from your review. This contravenes state statute and the administration would have to request legislative approval. UConn-AAUP has proposed a list of arbitrators for moving unresolved articles to arbitration.

UConn-AAUP Proposals:

Article-13-11.15.21-UConn-AAUP-CounterProposal Non-tenure track Faculty

Article 26 11-15-21 UConn-AAUP Temporary Employees – Temporary Employees

 

Administration Proposal:

Article 12 11.15.21 University Counterproposal – Personnel Files

UConn-AAUP Negotiations Update

Meeting Reminder & ZOOM Link

UConn-AAUP Negotiations Update Meeting: 12:30 pm, November 17, 2021 via Zoom

UConn-AAUP will be holding a Negotiations Update Meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 12:30 pm via Zoom. (Only dues paying members of UConn-AAUP are eligible to attend.)

Agenda items include:

  • Legislative approval timeline
  • Compensation Proposal
  • Remaining articles/negotiating schedule
  • SEBAC coalition bargaining
  • Potential membership support away from the table

Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86014310424?pwd=QlVRRlFWQm9vRnVXZ1lISFM0c3dzdz09

In Solidarity,

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President

Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

“Follow” us on Twitter: @UConnAAUP

“Like” Us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uconnaaup

UConn-AAUP Website: http://www.uconnaaup.org/AAUP

 

Chief Negotiator’s Blog 11.11.2021

Attendees: K. Buffkin, K. Bannister, P. Diplock, J. Wade, G. Kersaint

There are 21 articles remaining for negotiations. UConn-AAUP submitted proposals on Article 19, 12, and a package of Articles 30 and 18. The administration did not submit any. There is one more negotiating date scheduled, although we are reviewing dates in December.

UConn-AAUP Proposals

 ARTICLE-19.11.11.21-UConn-AAUP[3]  – Salary and Benefits

Article 12 11.11.21 (2)AAUP Counter Proposal – Personnel Files

Article 28 10.11.21 UConn-AAUP Package Counterproposal with 30 – SET’s

Article 30 11.11.21 UConn-AAUP Counter Proposal with 28Participation in Departmental Governance

UConn-AAUP Package Proposal 11.11.21 Article 28 and 30 – Package

SEBAC Update on Coalition Bargaining – 11/5/2021

SEBAC Update on Coalition Bargaining – 11/5/2021

As we previously reported, union leaders in SEBAC agreed to meet with the Lamont Administration on a coalition basis in an effort to reach an agreement that would set  a pattern with respect to wages and other cross-unit issues that will be offered at every bargaining table. Today, November 5th, the parties met to discuss pandemic pay and wages. While we have no progress to report from today’s meeting, we plan to continue meeting with the Lamont Administration while local negotiating committees continue their efforts to achieve fair collective bargaining agreements.

UConn-AAUP Update: November 4, 2021

Negotiations Update Meeting: November 17, 2021, at 12:30 pm via Zoom

These administration proposals should capture your attention:

  • 3-year contract – 0%, 0%, 1% wage + 1% merit
  • Union busting – labor board petition to remove coaches
  • Remove access to letters of reference in PTR/P&R evaluations
  • Annual review of tenured faculty
  • Allow anonymous material in personnel files

UConn-AAUP will be holding a meeting to update members on the status of negotiations and to plan actions to support our negotiating team including petitions, op-eds, letters, rally’s, use of social media, etc.

This is YOUR future. We need your help and support – be there!

Zoom link will be sent next week.

In Solidarity.

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President

Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

“Follow” us on Twitter: @UConnAAUP

“Like” Us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uconnaaup

UConn-AAUP Website: http://www.uconnaaup.org/AAUP