Chief Negotiator’s Blog #22

Chief Negotiators Blog # 22

The parties to the collective bargaining agreement met on December 7, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM at the Depot Campus. Faculty observers to the session included Trudi Bird and Gail MacDonald.

Following the discussion at the previous negotiating session, Article 20, 21, and 22 were temporarily agreed to right at the start.

UConn-AAUP then proceeded to submit a counter-proposal on Article 16. This article has been difficult to come to agreement on as the administration has insisted that when a disagreement occurs over the reduction in load for UConn-AAUP official, the Provosts decision is final. Your negotiating team wanted an appeal to that decision and was recommending the grievance process. The administration wanted to caucus to review the proposal.

While in caucus, we crafted another proposal for Article 16 which required the AAUP executive director and the University official in charge of collective bargaining to resolve the disputed course release, removing the Provost non-appealable decision. They are reviewing this proposal.

Also in Article 16, Uconn-AAUP proposed a more efficient distinction of the reduction for teaching and non-teaching bargaining hit members. The administration was very receptive of this and will review this portion of the proposal as well.

Just prior to the end of the session, the administration brought proposals on Workload, MOA #5, Article 29 and Online Development. Each of these proposals has been posted on the website. The Team will be reviewing these proposals for the next negotiating sessions scheduled for December 14th and 16th.

Uconn-AAUP is preparing a package of proposals including Article 24, 26 and 13.

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