Ud Collective Bargaining Agreement
In developing the new schedule, the Human Resources Office consulted the vacation requirements of all units, including those working on government sites or under collective agreements. In recent weeks, the administration has been giving the impression that if we refused to renegotiate the faculty contract, we would force them to reduce the number of staff more drastically. Specifically, the government has created a false narrative in which an AAUP-UD refusal to accept additional “common sacrifices” from its members of the bargaining unit, which would make AAUP-UD responsible for further layoffs and furloughs of staff. We refuse the administration`s characterization of the situation and our organization. There is little reason, if any, to think that what we could accept would have any influence on the sacrifices that the administration imposes on staff. The administration already intends to begin laying off key employees in certain positions. In addition, on October 3, the administration knew that we would meet on October 9 to discuss returning to the negotiating table, but on the eve of that meeting (October 8), it imposed 5% university cuts on staff. In addition, we have reason to believe that these 5% salary reductions are already incorporated into some college budgets as cost reductions related to COVID. All of this is good evidence that everything we do as a faculty has no influence on what the administration does or will do for staff.
In addition, he stated in his letter that school officials are in discussions with unions representing certain workers, “how to manage treaty increases that fall under collective agreements.” The administration should commit to real and sustainable financial transparency and, if it exists, provide strong evidence that the only feasible cost-cutting measures left to them must be taken in terms of personnel. That is a reasonable request for us before we say we are ready to return to the negotiating table, because the only reason we are being asked to come back to the table is concessions. This financial information should be made available to the AAUP-UD as well as the Senate Budget Committee of the Faculty, which has the codified reproach of “being fully informed of the financial and planning issues of this university” and of reviewing the budgets of universities. In the meantime, we are against all staff measures – including Furloughs, layoffs, non-renewals and reductions in salaries and benefits – against university faculties or staff.