UConn-AAUP Update: July 31, 2021

MEMBER SURVEY ON VACCINE POLICY

As you may have seen, many private colleges and universities have mandated that faculty and staff be vaccinated when returning for the fall semester. UConn-AAUP would like to hear from its members on this issue. Please follow this link to a short three question survey. Confidentiality of your response is of course a priority for us.

Thank you.

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In Solidarity!

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

 

UConn-AAUP Update: July 19, 2021

On Saturday evening, July 17, 2021, President Agwunobi signed the agreement extending the expired 2017-2021 collective bargaining agreement (contract) for up to (1) one year. As indicated in the Updates over the past month, this was a particularly difficult negotiation with the administration holding this agreement hostage as they pressed for a way to petition the Labor Board to remove members from the bargaining unit.

Now that we have last year’s contract extended, where do we stand?

  • The extension agreement is only good for (1) year or until a new contract is negotiated and ratified by the parties and the legislature.
  • Negotiations will continue during the remaining summer months and then return to full time in the fall. We are hoping to wrap up the negotiations before the Spring legislative session.
  • The extension agreement does not contain a general wage increase (GWI). Wages will remain the same as last year during this extension agreement.
  • The extension agreement does not contain a merit increase due to the fact that the GWI creates the pools of money for merit.
  • Professional Development money is included in the extension agreement.
  • Child Care reimbursement is included in the extension agreement.
  • Tuition Reimbursement is included in the extension agreement.
  • Provost Fund money is included in the extension agreement.
  • Promotional increases are included in the extension agreement.
  • All other terms and condition of employment contained in the 2021 contract are extended with this agreement.

We would like to acknowledge the members of the bargaining unit that attended the BOT meetings, wrote emails, tweets, Facebook posts and letters about the delayed contract extension. You made a difference to the administration, but more importantly, you encouraged our negotiating team to hold firm on our position, which ultimately prevailed.

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In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

 

UConn-AAUP Update: July 17, 2021

CONTRACT EXTENSION AGREEMENT REACHED

Yesterday, we reached an agreement with the BOT to extend the entire expired contract for a 1-year, or until such time as a successor agreement is fully ratified by the parties and the legislature. The 1-year extension will allow us to continue negotiating a successor agreement with the security of having bargaining unit members working under a collective bargaining agreement.

Our position and solidarity never waivered as the administration attempted to hold the CEA hostage while trying to remove members from the bargaining unit. Our thanks to the unprecedented number of members who sent emails voicing concern with the BOT’s unwillingness to recognize the dire reality of the situation and to those who have furthered our message through social media. The fully executed agreement can be found here.

We have a log way to go for the successor agreement and expect the same winding road ahead of us. Your support and collective action will be critical to ensure the CBA you rightly deserve. Stay informed by joining us on social media for immediate updates throughout negotiations.

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In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

UConn-AAUP CEA Update, July 17, 2021

Day 17: Close to a Contract Extension Agreement (CEA)

Dear Members,

Thanks for your unprecedented outpouring of emails, tweets and letters about our delayed contract extension — they have made a great difference.   Current status:

  • The language for a CEA was agreed to by the parties and signed by UConn-AAUP, Friday, 12:14pm.
  • We are waiting for a final signature from UConn.

Once fully executed, we will send a comprehensive summary.

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
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UConn-AAUP Update: July 14, 2021

Contract Extension Agreement Update: Day 14 – No Contract Extension Agreement (CEA)

As of today, we are the only state employee bargaining unit whose contract has expired and whose employer has not agreed to an extension of the expired agreement. There are 31 other state employee bargaining units under contract. The Board of Trustees (BOT) has agree to extend certain provisions of the expired contract, but not the full contract. Dan Toscano, Chair of the Board, and Members of the Board should be ashamed of themselves. And this is all over issues that should be resolved at the bargaining table. Is this what is in the best interest of the University? Quite simply, NO.

Action Items: 1.) Email UConn-AAUP if you are concerned. We will relay the total numerical count (preserving your anonymity) to Provost to show your concern. Do so ASAP.  We have some momentum and wish to capitalize on our shared outrage to try and finalize an agreement. 2.) Wear your UConn-AAUP button at Zoom and Webex meetings and “NO Extension Agreement” on your name plate.

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director

View the SEBAC Press Conference – July 13, 2021

Please view the SEBAC Press Conference held yesterday…

(17) Facebook Live | Facebook

Here are some press stories:

https://www.wtnh.com/news/connecticut/hartford/state-union-workers-to-rally-outside-capitol-tuesday/

https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-union-contract-protest-lamont-20210713-5gw72dgi4jcvte72thuh6mszdm-story.html

https://ctmirror.org/2021/07/13/state-employees-protest-lamonts-hard-line-against-raises/

Michael Bailey, Executive Director, UConn-AAUP

 

 

 

UConn-AAUP Update: July 13, 2021

PRESS CONFERENCE REMINDER: Today, State Capitol

Specific Articles of Expired Contract Extended

We have reached an agreement in principle on a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Board of Trustees (BOT) to extend the following benefits at funding levels consistent with the expired contract: Professional Development, Child Care Reimbursement, Tuition Reimbursement, and Provost Fund. These benefits will be provided retroactive to July 1, 2021. Please follow the link for additional information on Professional Development.

Contract Extension Agreement Update: Day 13 – No Contract Extension Agreement (CEA)

On July 9, 2021, your negotiating team made a proposal to the administration that not only met the BOT requirements for a 1-year contract extension agreement, but with a substantial savings to the University. It was rejected the next day, with the statement that “the University is not willing to enter into an extension agreement at this time.” Absent any intent of the administration to enter into an extension agreement, we will begin searching for dates over the summer months and into the fall to negotiate for a successor agreement.

Historically, when a state employee contracts expires, it has been the practice of the employer to honor the terms and conditions of the expired contract. Should any bargaining unit member become aware that the administration has not honored the terms and conditions of the expired contract, please immediately notify UConn-AAUP.  We will use all of our resources to enforce this past practice.

SEBAC Press Conference – “Governor Lamont, State Employees Deserve a Fair Contract!”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 beginning at 4:30 PM

WHERE: Governor Lamont’s Empty Parking Spot at the State Capitol (South Side)

HOW: Click here to register to participate (if you haven’t already)

A strong showing at this event is paramount to our message to the Governor.  The heroic efforts of state employees to keep all state agencies running during the pandemic are not being acknowledged by your office at the negotiating tables. The state of Connecticut is financially stable and needs to offer wage adjustments that keep pace with inflation and prevent further salary compression.

UConn-AAUP members, we urge you to join other state employees in sending a strong message to the Governor on TODAY!

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
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UConn-AAUP Update, July 9, 2021

SEBAC Press Conference – “Governor Lamont, State Employees Deserve a Fair Contract!”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 beginning at 4:30 PM

WHERE: Governor Lamont’s Empty Parking Spot at the State Capitol (South Side)

HOW: Click her to register to participate (if you haven’t already)

A strong showing at this event is paramount to our message to the Governor – the heroic efforts of state employees to keep all state agencies running during the pandemic are not being acknowledged by your office at the negotiating tables. The state of Connecticut is financially stable enough to offer wage adjustments to keep pace with inflation and prevent further compression experienced with no general wage increases from management hiring decisions. UConn-AAUP members, join other state employees in sending a strong message to the Governor on Tuesday – register TODAY!

Contract Extension Agreement Update: Day 9 – No Contract Extension Agreement (CEA)

We are now at day 9 without a contract extension agreement with the BOT. There seems to be an unwillingness of the BOT to accept that we have provided a proposal that meets their requirements for a 1-year extension. Absent the 1-year extension, the BOT are not required to provide funds for professional development, child care reimbursement and tuition reimbursement, and any of the other items that require funding. But more importantly, it does not provide the stability and security the administration and the bargaining unit rely on while under a collective bargaining agreement. Not having an employment agreement is detrimental to the labor/management relationship and should only occur under extreme circumstances.

Use the hashtag #UConnFaculty4ContractExtension to circulate your concerns. Tag the media outlets including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, CT Mirror and the Hartford Courant.

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
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