BARGAINING UPDATE – WE HAVE A DEAL
February 19, 2022, 6:04am
We are incredibly happy to report that we have signed off on a tentative agreement with the University after 21 consecutive hours of bargaining.
Bargaining this contract has been a long and winding process. The Bargaining Committee was elected in November 2019 and never expected that we would still be on the job over two years later. We know that this has also been an exceedingly long wait for you as well and we are excited to present the tentative agreement to you at the ratification meeting on February 28.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic and the punitive salary and benefits cap of Bill 124, we have bargained a contract that we feel is responsive to your priorities as expressed in the bargaining surveys, focus groups, and townhalls. We worked hard to maximize benefits, including renewing the pension bridge.
We know you want all the details, and they are coming soon. We need to put together the ratification package, so we can share all the information with you. Since it is Reading Week and members may be on vacation, we are planning our Ratification Meeting for Monday, February 28 from 3:30 – 5:00pm. This is a release time meeting, so you may leave work to attend if you notify your manager as soon as possible. We will send out the Zoom link next week.
Following the Ratification meeting you will be able to vote electronically on the contract from Monday February 28 starting at 5:00pm to Wednesday March 2 closing at 5:00pm.
Thanks to all of you who filled out surveys, came to meetings, sent in emails, attended focus groups, came out to pop ups, sent in your selfies, and voted in the strike vote.
Enjoy your long weekend and we will see you on the 28th to share the details of the tentative agreement.
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