Administration Team Rejects MOU on FY20 Salary Increases (11.26.19)

As you know, on November 13 our bargaining team responded to Provost Feser’s salary offer with a proposal that would provide raises for all faculty. This afternoon, the administration bargaining team informed us that they will not accept our proposal, thereby delaying implementation of raises for UAOSU bargaining unit faculty until we can reach an agreement in contract negotiations. We understand their largest hurdle to be an inability to provide reviews, and thus eligibility for raises they insist be exclusively merit-based, to faculty under 0.5 FTE.This is unfortunate, but not surprising. One of the main reasons faculty formed a union was to help bring some clarity and standards to the processes that affect all members of the university community. By insisting that the administration treat all faculty with a basic level of respect, we are forcing them to examine their policies and practices. We are heartened that, as result of these negotiations, the administration has acknowledged that at least some faculty under 0.5 FTE should have access to reviews and raises. We await clarity as to which faculty they believe should remain ineligible. We will continue to bargain with the administration to ensure equitable salary increases for all faculty.

In Solidarity,

Your Bargaining Team