Chief Negotiator’s Blog: 12-1-2020

Present for the Administration: K. Buffkin, K. Bannister, J. Wade, G. Kersaint, P. Diplock, T. Cheng

It appears that the administration is trying to balance the COVID-19 budget shortfall of $28 million out of negotiated benefits in the contract. One of the administrative proposal submitted today eliminates the longevity pay benefit and another removes the waiver of a free parking ticket for parking in a parking lot for which your  permit does not allow.

There are also significant proposed changes to Article 12 Personnel Files.

University submitted proposals:

Article 34 11.30.20 University Proposal

Article 18 11.30.20 University Proposal[2]

Article 35 11.30.20 University Proposal

Appendix A 11.30.20 University Proposal[1]

Office Space 11.30.20 University Counterproposal[3]

University Proposal Article 17 10.13.2020

UConn-AAUP Proposals:

University Proposal Article 23 Savings Clause

Article 11 12.1.20 UConn-AAUP Proposal

ARTICLE 10 12.1.20 UConn-AAUP

Chief Negotiator’s Blog: 11-17-20

Present for Administration: K Buffkin, K Bannister, P Diplock, J Wade, G Kersaint, T Cheng.

UConn-AAUP Proposals:

11-17-20 SDA1.0[3][1]

11-17-20 ARTICLE 15. Uconn-AAUP

11.17.20 ARTICLE 25 UConn-AAUP

11.17.20 New Cyber-Space-UConn-AAUP

11.17.20 Article 6 Final UConn-AAUP Proposal


Administration Proposals:

Article 6 11.17.20 University Counter-proposal

Article 10 11.17.20 University Counter-proposal

Article 3 11.17.20 University Counter-proposal

11.17.2020 Article 16 University Counter Proposal[1]

UConn-AAUP Supports Joint Statement and Press Conference

  • UConn-AAUP Support for Joint Statement and Press Conference/Rally

UConn-AAUP supports the action taken by the unions of the 4C’s in response to the request from the Board of Regents for $35 million in concessions from contract negotiations. Higher education in the State of Connecticut has experienced unprecedented challenges over the last nine months due to the COVID-19 virus. Last spring, faculty pivoted to deliver courses on-line to their students and have continued to teach both face-to-face and through distance-learning efforts throughout the fall semester. Campus administrators have made critically required health and safety decisions to protect faculty, staff and students. The Board of Regents needs to address the financial contraints that are due solely to COVID-19 with the Governor and legislators instead of demanding union members concede contractually agreed obligations to fill budget gaps. It is apparent that the Regents are more concerned with forcing the faculty and staff to bear the financial burden from COVID-19 than to advocate for the educational process they oversee.


Joint AFSCME, AFT, 4Cs Statement to Members 


Management has requested the unions reopen our contracts and make concessions in excess of 35 million dollars. Concession items would include: furlough days, wage rollbacks, teaching more classes, giving up any claims for impact costs due to the colleges closing last spring, and emptying of our contract funds.

We (AFSCME, AFT, 4Cs) will not reopen our contracts and grant concessions.

We (AFSCME, AFT, 4Cs) have contracts that expire on 6/30/21. New contract negotiations will begin in January 2021.

If there is no meeting of the minds in the upcoming contract negotiations, we will proceed to arbitration. It is key every member understand that the current contract – including working conditions and wages – remains in place until a successor contract is either agreed to, or arbitrated and approved by the legislature.

CSCU Leadership and the BOR are stepping up their attacks on us. Their most recent attacks include the snow day policy and a new mid-year Additional Responsibility review process (see below).

Be assured the unions are vigorously defending the contract, your rights and the union rights. This includes grievance, arbitration and Labor Board actions as appropriate.

Most of all we will continue to uphold your dignity and the critical role you play in the services we provide to our students and communities. This dignity and your critical role are things the BOR and CSCU Leadership increasingly neither understand nor value.

We are fighting the BOR attacks and will continue to do so. Stay positive and upbeat in this fight. Stay engaged and get more engaged.

Remember that we need to STICK TOGETHER and that TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!


Many full-time faculty members with AR are concerned about the new “mid-year AR review process” initiated by the System Office. The unions advise all full-time faculty who have AR to complete the documentation requested. If any member is pressured by their local administration to abandon priorly-approved AR activity, contact your local union rep or chapter chair immediately and the unions will provide immediate assistance.

Special note and reminder to AFT/4Cs members – management is contractually required to provide AR compensation for Distance Learning activity.

In solidarity,

Larry Salay (AFSCME 2480), Dennis Bogusky (AFT) & Maureen M. Chalmers (The 4Cs)

Chief Negotiator’s Blog: 11-12-20

Present for the Administration; K Buffkin, K Bannister, J Wade, G Kersaint, P Diplock, T Cheng

The following proposal were submitted by UConn-AAUP:

ARTICLE 10 11.12.20 UConn-AAUP

Article 16 11.12.20 Final UConn-AAUP Proposal

Article 3 11.12.20 UConn-AAUP Proposal[3]


The following proposals were submitted by the Administration:

Article 6 11.4.20 University Proposal[1]

Article 5 11.5.20 University Proposal


UConn-AAUP COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

UConn-AAUP COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19 have impacted faculty at UConn. The pandemic has also exacerbated existing social and economic inequities among our faculty members. While some faculty at UConn have been relatively unaffected by the pandemic during the past 9 months, others have been faced with significant challenges that show no sign of abating. Those most vulnerable tend to be women in the early stages of their careers, who, often out of necessity, have assumed more family responsibilities during this time.

Many members have contacted us to request that we find a way to support those UConn-AAUP members that have been the most impacted negatively by COVID-19. In response, the Chapter has set aside funds to provide financial assistance for the relief of extra expenses related to childcare, eldercare, housing, health care or to help off-set a COVID-related loss of income. To prioritize support for those in greatest need, funds will be distributed on a point system based on annual salary and length of service.

More details and application form

Chief Negotiator’s Blog: 11-5-2020

The administration proposed changes to Article 10 Contractual Grievance Procedure. Of significance, is the proposal to eliminate UConn-AAUP from directly initiating a grievance at Provost at Step 2 to initiate a grievance. (10.10.F) This grievance was handed to us during the meeting, a violation of the Ground Rules – we reiterated the importance of staying with the ground rules.

Article 10 11.5.20 University Proposal

Chief Negotiator’s Blog – 11-3-2020

October 3, 2020

Present for the Administration: K Buffkin, K Bannister, J Wade, G Kersaint, T Cheng, P Diplock

At this fourth meeting of the parties, we used the Zoom platform and did not experience any technological problems of getting in and out of the meeting. We have agreed to experimenting with WebEx for the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 5, 2020.

Three concerns with the Administration’s proposals submitted:

1. Article 16: The administration has submitted a proposal removing the AAUP’s ability to request that the President make recommendations to the Board of Trustees concerning governance of the University.

2. New Article: Office/Research Space – The administration continues to avoid any acknowledgment of the importance of adequate  office/research space assigned to faculty/adjuncts.

3. Article 3 Academic Freedom – The administration has submitted a proposal which includes the following sentence: “College and university faculty members are citizens, and when they speak or write as citizens they should make every effort to be accurate and to indicate that they are not speaking for the institution.”

UConn-AAUP proposals submitted today:

UConn-AAUP Proposal Space -11.3.20 [2]

UConn-AAUP Proposal Article 37.7-Athletics-Audit.11.3.20

UConn-AAUP Counter-Proposal Article 13.2.C 11.3.20

UConn-AAUP Proposal Article 4 Governance

Administration proposals submitted today:

University Proposal Article 16 11.1.20

University Proposal Article 9 11.1.20

University Office Space 11.3.20

University Proposal Article 3 11.2.20

University Proposal Article 11 11.2.20

Article 33 11.3.20 University Proposal[2]

UConn Counter Proposal Article 4 Governance

Chief Negotiator’s Blog – 10/20/2020

October 20, 2020

Present for Administration: K Buffkin, K Bannister, P Diplock, J Wade, G Kersaint, T Cheng

This was the third meeting of the parties where there were technology challenges with our team entering the meeting.  It appear to be due to the  program Microsoft Teams. Teams is a University owned product using accounts. AAUP team members have been using alternative email addresses to protected account passwords. We have suggested using Zoom, but the university is reluctant to use, and suggests Webex. We are reluctant to use Webex, another university owned product.

  1. UConn-AAUP Proposals:

UConn-AAUP Counter-Proposal Article 13.2.C We feel HR should be performing an audit each year to ensure that anyone that is eligible for a multi-year appointment, is appropriately appointed to one.

2. Administration Response:

The following proposals need financial amount of proposal included:

Professional Development for In-resident faculty

Additional compensation proposal (12/12ths)

3. AAUP response to Administrations By-Laws Amendment

We want a snapshot of what is in place when the contract is signed. Allowing bylaws to be amended “from time to time” changes the bylaws, not the CBA.


SEBAC Asks Governor for Higher Ed Funding

SEBAC Higher Ed Funding Letter

October 14, 2020

Honorable Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut Office of Governor
State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106 Dear Governor Lamont:

We are writing to urgently ask the administration to make state or federal funds available to protect Connecticut’s public higher education institutions from the short-term but profound financial impacts of the pandemic. The state’s public higher education systems – Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Connecticut Health Center – all depend on operating funds which have been sharply curtailed as a result of the crisis. At the colleges and universities, tuition and room and board payments are understandably far down. At the Health Center, payments for elective medical procedures are also reduced. In addition, there have been further losses at all of these institutions due to federal or state responses to the pandemic that were also outside of the education institutions ’control. The result is a temporary revenue shortfall from the crisis; and the response to that temporary shortfall, and the larger crisis, should not be borne by these institutions, the students and communities they serve, or their faculty and staff. They are more than stressed enough already.

These institutions are critical to the well-being and futures of Connecticut families, and we cannot allow the quality or quantity of their services to suffer as the effects of the pandemic linger. In fact, we need them to be more effective than ever in providing the services people need. The primary reason they are so vulnerable is that general fund support for their services has declined for decades, making them ever more dependent on short-term operating funds. Simultaneously, the need for such services has grown. We can do better.

We know there are a number of potential funding sources to weather the short-term crisis, whether it be currently available federal funds, funds that the federal government may make available if those irresponsibly holding up the Hero’s Act are finally willing to relent, state rainy day funds, or others. We are not urging your choice of any particular option – just that you act and act quickly to avoid further harm.

We thank you for your consideration of this letter and hope you are able to respond positively in this time of crisis.

Very truly yours,

Daniel E. Livingston
On Behalf of SEBAC Leadership

Chief Negotiator’s Blog

October 13, 2020

Present for the Administration: K. Buffkin, K. Bannister, P. Diplock, T. Cheng, J. Wade, G. Kersaint

Articles presented by the AAUP:

10.13.20 Office Space

10.13.20 NTT Professional Developmet

10.13.20 12.12ths Rule Proposal

10.13.20 APPENDIX B Medical Leave Guidelines

Articles presented by the Administration:

University Proposal Article 22 Mergers and Acquisitions

University Proposal Article 17 10.13.2020

University Proposal Article 21 Continuation of Services

University Proposal Article 13.2.C PROBATIONARY PROCESS NTT

University Proposal Article 4 Governance

University Proposal Article 41 SIgn Off

University Proposal references to by-laws 10.12.2020

University Proposal Article 37.7 Athletics Audit

University Proposal Article 23 Savings Clause