Bargaining Session #8
The Faculty and Administration Bargaining Teams met on Friday, July 25, for about four-and-a-half hours. Mediator Earl Leonhardt attended the session, and some of the time was used for separate meetings of each team with Mr. Leonhardt.
Discussion between the teams focused on some of the challenges posed by the proposals made by each team, and considering ways to overcome these challenges. Topics discussed included workload, benefits, and a few other contract provisions.
Faculty Chief Negotiator Geoff Woolf said, “We continue to be impressed and encouraged by the fact that the teams have maintained clear and collegial discussions throughout all of the sessions so far.”
“We still have a lot of serious issues to consider, and the teams are far apart in some areas,” Geoff continued. “We still need to do a lot of prioritizing of each team’s wants and needs, so we can find our areas of possible agreement.”
“However, unlike past negotiations, the teams really appear to be hearing each other’s concerns,” Geoff said.
“These are probably the most productive and collaborative negotiations we’ve ever had,” Geoff added.
Faculty Team member Tom Burns said, “I had hoped we would start making progress in bargaining this week, and it looks like that is beginning to happen.”
At the end of Friday’s session, the teams set a meeting schedule for the next two weeks.
Bargaining sessions are planned for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday next week (July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1).
An AAUP Chapter meeting is planned for Monday, Aug. 4, from 11:30 to 1:00. Additional information will be provided early next week.