Collective Bargaining FAQs

Q: When does the current United Academics collective bargaining agreement expire?
June 30, 2015

Q: How long will negotiations take?
The parties have both stated they hope to resolve negotiations quickly and prior to the June 30, 2015, expiration of the CBA.

Q: What happens if an agreement is not reached prior to the current CBA’s expiration?
State law provides that the current contract will continue in effect until either a successor agreement is reached or one of the parties declares impasse.

Q: Didn’t we just finish bargaining a few months ago? Why is the CBA in effect for so short a time?
In the public sector, two-year CBAs are fairly common due to a biennium-based state budget model. The current negotiations are for the 2015–2017 contract. The parties have the option of bargaining a longer contract term.

Q: What does it mean to “open” an article during bargaining?
Opening an article means that a party intends to suggest modifications to that article during the course of negotiations.

Q: Who is representing the parties at the negotiations table?
The university team is made up of the following members:

  • Bill Brady, Senior Director of Employee and Labor Relations (Chief Spokesperson)
  • Doug Blandy, Senior Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
  • Bruce Blonigan, Associate Dean, Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Stephanie Bosnyk, Assistant Dean, Lundquist College of Business
  • Cass Moseley, Special Advisor to the Vice President for Research and Innovation
  • Sonia Potter, Director of Human Resources Operations

The United Academics team is made up of the following members:

  • Dave Cecil, Executive Director (Chief Spokesperson)
  • Ron Bramhall, Senior Instructor, Lundquist College of Business
  • Juanita Devereaux, Senior Instructor II, Romance Languages, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Debbie Green, Associate Professor, Judaic Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Scott Pratt, Professor, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gina Psaki, Professor, Romance Languages, College of Arts and Sciences

Q: Where can I see a copy of the current contract? 

Q: Are bargaining sessions open to the public?

Q: When did bargaining start?
The parties began bargaining on January 29, 2015.

Q: Why didn’t the opening proposals mention salary increases?
The parties have decided to exchange proposals on salary increases later in the negotiations cycle.

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