View the SEBAC Press Conference – July 13, 2021

Please view the SEBAC Press Conference held yesterday…

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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
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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

 

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
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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

 

UConn-AAUP CEA Update, July 7, 2021

Contract Extension Agreement Update: Day 7 – No Contract Extension Agreement (CEA)

After continued efforts on the part of our negotiating team to reach agreement, the BOT finds itself at a fork in the road. They can either take the high road – fund the professional development, child care and tuition reimbursement and bring their concerns with the coaches to the negotiating table where they belong, or they can take the low road – file a petition with the Labor Board and roll the dice with the Board that coaches meet two of the four criteria as “managers,” with the “agency” being UConn (see: UConn-AAUP Website) .

It’s time for UConn-AAUP members to be heard. Contact the President, Provost and Deans, and inform them this has got to stop.

After a more than a year of extraordinary efforts by the faculty, the advancement of your careers through travel and professional development funding is being held up because the BOT refuses to negotiate contractual issues at the negotiating table. They would rather run to the Labor Board in an attempt to take the coaches out of the contract instead of signing a contract extension agreement.  Their goal is to diminish the membership and strength of the UConn-AAUP union.

Please use all social media means to alert our members that we are in #Day7NoExtension

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

Twitter: UConn AAUP @UConnAAUP

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President

Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President
Michael Bailey, Executive Director
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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

 

UConn-AAUP CEA Update, July 2, 2021

Contract Extension Agreement Update: Day 2 – No Contract Extension Agreement (CEA)

Unfortunately, after further discussions today with a representative of the BOT, we were not able to reach agreement on a CEA. After what seemed like a productive meeting yesterday and a promise for a response by “midday today”, the representative returned with a text message at 3:30 pm that “The matter is still under discussion and I will be following up with you on Tuesday.” (So much for the importance expressed to reach an agreement quickly.) An immediate call was made to express our disappointment and to reiterate our position. The good news is that the law protects much of our contract (even without an extension) specifically your current salaries, health insurance, and grievance processing.

Please use all social media means to alert our members that we are in #Day2NoExtension.

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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

UConn-AAUP Update: July 1, 2021

In this Update:

  • Appreciation of Members efforts over the past few days
  • Follow-up to Board of Trustees Meeting
  • Meeting with Interim President Agwunobi

 

Appreciation for your efforts

Our sincere thanks to all of the members who wrote to the Board of Trustees, attended the BOT meeting, contacted colleagues to attend the meeting, and perpetuated our message on social media. Your efforts have had an impact on the decisions made by the administration and Board of Trustees. We will be asking for your additional participation and support as we continue to negotiate.

Follow-up to the BOT Meeting

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the Board of Trustees “Authorized the administration to enter in agreements necessary to effectuate a (1) on-year extension to the AAUP collective bargaining agreement at no additional cost to the university.” In essence, they authorized the administration to continue to negotiate the extension agreement. Nothing has changed. We provided a proposal with just the bare essentials – contract extension agreement without our ask for specific benefits and without their desired window to the Labor Board. It was rejected by the administration. (Proposals are on the website) The contract has expired without an extension agreement. We have continued to negotiate a contract extension agreement this morning, as allowed by law, and we will bring you any news immediately.

Meeting with Interim President Agwunobi

On Tuesday, June 28th, Mary Ellen Junda, Jeffrey Ogbar and Michael Bailey met with Interim President Agwunobi,  along with Karen Buffkin, Nicole Gelston and Chris DeLello to discuss several faculty concerns and issues.  The topics included the following:

1)    Concern from faculty regarding a non-academic at the helm

2)    Stalled negotiations and the lack of a contract extension agreement

3)    Teaching modality accommodations for faculty with medical needs either personally or within their immediate family

4)    Vaccinations and protocols for the academic year.

5)    Faculty workload concerns

5)    The projected silver-tsunami of retirements in 2022 and related issues

6)    The changing role of faculty

7)    The importance of our part-time faculty to the university

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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

 

UConn-AAUP UPDATE: June 29, 2021

  1. No movement by the BOT/administration on compromising to secure a contract extension agreement
  2. Board of Trustee Meeting:  June 30, 2021
  3. Link to Board of Trustee Meeting: https://ait.uconn.edu/bot/
  4. Public Participation email to sign-up:  boardoftrustees@uconn.edu
  5. Follow Twitter Handle @UConnAAUP for more information
  6. Board of Trustee Agenda ( see below)

Please note that there is an Executive Session anticipated at 9:30 amwhich may cause a delay in the start of the Public Participation

BOARD OF TRUSTEES SCHEDULE

AGENDA

8:30 a.m. Special Academic Affairs Committee Meeting

9:00 a.m. Financial Affairs Committee Meeting

9:30 a.m. Board of Trustees Meeting

Call to order at 9:30 a.m.

  1. Executive Session anticipated
  2. Public Participation*

* If members of the public wish to address the Board of Trustees during the Public Participation portion of the meeting, you must submit a request in writing 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting (by 9:00 a.m.) to the following email address: boardoftrustees@uconn.edu. Please indicate your name, telephone number, and topic to be discussed. Per the University By-Laws, the Board may limit public comment to a maximum of 30 minutes. As an alternative, you may also submit your comments via email which will be shared with the Board.

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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

 

UConn-AAUP Meeting June 28, 2021, 3:00 – 3:30 PM via Zoom

Follow-up Membership Meeting via Zoom: June 28, 2021, 3:00 – 3:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84357616705?pwd=UFZHdHd3emdKb0ZiYXBmdDF1TG1VZz09

Agenda 

  1. Update on Contract Extension Agreement (CEA) Negotiations
  2. Preparation for Board of Trustees Meeting on Wednesday (30th) 9:00 am
  3. Strategize for other action (social media)
  4. Submit Pledge Card information (link to card)

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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

UConn-AAUP Update: June 17, 2021

In this Article:

  • Membership Meeting via Zoom: June 24, 2021, 3:00 pm
  • Negotiations Update – Current Contract Expiring, No New Contract 
  • AAUP Releases Statement on CRT
  • Provost Office – Update on In-person Teaching
  • Membership Development

Membership Meeting via Zoom: June 24, 2021, 3:00 pm

Open to members of UConn-AAUP only. Zoom link will be provided on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85104687149?pwd=c1M3YnBuNllwVjVpcGRIdDl3YThvdz09

Negotiations Update – Current Contract Expiring, No New Contract 

Over the past year, your negotiating Team has met with representatives of the Board of Trustees in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement (contract). For a number of reasons negotiations unfortunately have not led to a new contract; therefore, the current contract will expire July 1, 2021. (There are 31 other state employee bargaining units who will have their contracts expire on July 1st, including UCPEA, UCHC-AAUP and UHP).

When a similar situation occurred in 2017, the negotiating team was able to secure a “Contract Extension Agreement” (CEA) fairly easily with the administration that extended the contract for one year or until a new contract was agreed to by the parties and approved by the legislature. This year, the administration has withheld agreement unless we facilitate an opportunity for the administration to petition the Labor Board to remove coaches and performance personnel from the bargaining unit. In exchange for our facilitating this opportunity, we have secured the Professional Development Fund, Child Care Reimbursement, Tuition Reimbursement, and Provost Fund in the CEA. We also are confident of our chances of prevailing at the Labor Board to retain our coaches and performance personnel in UConn-AAUP. Please attend the Membership Meeting on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm for more information.

AAUP Releases Statement on Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Irene Mulvey, National AAUP President, along with a wide coalition of organizations, released a statement yesterday voicing their strong opposition to legislation that has been proposed across the country “that target academic lessons, presentations, and discussion of racism and related issues in American history in schools, colleges and universities.” The legislation aims to prohibit or impede the teaching and education of students about the role of racism in history of the United States.

Update on In-person Teaching Modality

On Monday, June 14, 2021, Provost Lejuez sent out an email indicating he will not be establishing a new process to review potential exemptions for individuals to switch teaching modality from in-person to fully virtual instruction for medical reasons. Instead, all requests to transition one’s teaching will be handled through the existing ADA process. As many of you know, it is difficult to secure an ADA accommodation and thus more difficult to receive approval for a change in modality. UConn-AAUP will assist you in this process as we have an MOA with the Provost Office allowing for this type of accommodation. Please contact UConn-AAUP if you are refused an accommodation for a medical reason.

Membership Development

UConn has been hiring employees throughout the summer who are potential members of UConn-AAUP. Representatives of UConn-AAUP have been meeting with these new employees to impress upon them the importance of becoming a member and supporting the efforts of the negotiating team to reach a new contract. It is very important that these new employees hear from their colleagues that support UConn-AAUP. If you would like to review a list of the new members, please contact Terri Reed (terrir@uconnaaup.org)

If you are interested in joining other state employees is encouraging the Governor to provide a decent wage increase for the new contracts, join the SEBAC Organizing 2022 group. Louise Simmons, (louise.simmons@cocast.net) UConn-AAUP Vice President for Membership Development and Organizing, is  participating in the organizing of several actions planned across the state and she would like your help in representing UConn-AAUP. Please email her to get involved!!

In Solidarity!

UConn-AAUP Negotiating Team

 

Mary Ellen Junda, President
Jeffrey Ogbar, Executive Vice President

 

Michael Bailey, Executive Director
 http://www.uconnaaup.org/

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