A hearty thank you to all who tuned in for what ended up being a 12 hour bargaining session on Wednesday! While we did not quite complete negotiations, we are very close to an agreement and optimistic that we will finish tomorrow (Friday). Your team returns to the bargaining table at 9am – please Zoom In for the home stretch!
We came out of this session with three new tentative agreements – on Articles 11 (Release Time), 16 (Notices of Appointment), and 20 (Tenure Review and Promotion). Those agreements will be available when signed by both parties.
We made significant progress on all of the remaining issues. The Articles that remain open are 17, 26, 31, 32, 35, and Caregiving – it’s important to note that we are down to an issue or two in most of them, and some remain open only because they are part of packages as presented by the administration.
The proposals currently on the table are linked below, with a quick note on the remaining issue(s). You can find all the proposals exchanged yesterday and during prior sessions on the UA Bargaining Page. We encourage you to take a look at the administration’s proposals–especially Article 31, TRP–and let us know what you think. If you send your comments before we return to the table tomorrow, they will be particularly helpful. Please send them to [email protected].
Article 17 – Assignment of Professional Responsibilities (maximum course load)
Article 26 – Salary (Career Continuous Employment raises)
Article 31 – Tenure Reduction Program (Faculty could sign up for Tenure Reduction option through June 2023, retaining current structure of 6% raise and 600 hours teaching for up to five years. Tenure Relinquishment option remains open through life of contract (June 2024), with raise increased to 8% but no 600 hours teaching option, could be hired to teach as pro tem while retired)
Article 32 – Leaves (qualifying events for sick leave advance)
Article 35 – Professional Development (ASA rollover)
Article XX – Caregiving (multiple support components still being negotiated)