28 April 2010

Hot off the presses

Fresh from the UAW Local 4121 update page:

Bargaining Update: April 28, 2010

On Monday, April 26th we again met with the University’s bargaining team and a mediator from the state’s Public Employment Relations Commission.

As we approach the April 30th contract expiration, the University continues to refuse our settlement offer that:

a) Sets out a separate process for dealing with the mismanaged health insurance funds;
b) Uses money available from savings to next year’s health insurance plan to fund a fair, cost-neutral compensation package for ASEs. The University is maintaining its position that any compensation increase for ASEs – even one that is funded by savings from insurance – is unacceptable.

These conversations are ongoing, and we are meeting again with the University’s team along with the mediator on Thursday, 4/29. We will update you with developments.

In the meantime, thank you to all members who participated in the departmental meetings we held over the last two weeks across campus to discuss negotiations and possible next steps. Next, we will be holding a membership meeting on Wednesday, 4/28 at 5:30 in Gould 322, where we’ll provide a more detailed update on the bargaining process. All current members may attend membership meetings. Membership may be obtained at the meeting. As always, children are welcome.

Grah. Stuff makes me angry sometimes. I'm most definitely heading out to that meeting this evening. Sounds like it's just about time to push, and push hard, before the U chops our legs out from under us; the situation is a little bit better than it was a couple of months ago, but there's still a ways to go before we get any kind of reasonable contract... and there's not that much time left to get there.

I'll keep updating here as I get more information.

All y'all have a good afternoon.

(dear god... I almost wrote 'good night and good luck. I'm no Edward Murrow, though; don't feel like that's anything I've earned just yet)

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