Negotiations toward successor CBAs for both Bargaining Units began on Monday, February 10. Negotiations are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays and are expected to continue until full agreement is reached. Below, you will find a roster of the AAUP-WSU negotiating team; brief reports about each negotiation session; and an article-by-article summary table with links to detailed information about each individual article that either party proposes to include in the CBA.
All RCMs are invited and in fact encouraged to contact members of our negotiating team, Chapter Council, or Executive Committee about any issue pertaining to negotiations.
In these negotiations, AAUP-WSU is represented by the following team.
|Rudy Fichtenbaum, Chief Negotiatoremail@example.com||(937) 775-3085 [office]|
|Marty Kichfirstname.lastname@example.org||(419) 303-4619 [cell]|
|Sarah McGinleyemail@example.com||(937) 775-3057 [office]|
|Bobby Rubinfirstname.lastname@example.org||(937) 775-3756 [office]|
|Stephanie Triplettemail@example.com||(937) 775-4516 [office]|
|Jim Vancefirstname.lastname@example.org||(937) 775-2206 [office]|
The administration's counterpart of our Chief Negotiator Dr. Rudy Fichtenbaum is Dr. Bill Rickert.
At this session, the parties began by adopting the following Ground Rules; they differ from those we proposed on February 10 in exactly two ways. In item 4, the date by which the parties will exchange lists of articles was moved up to February 17; and the sentence "The other team will be advised of changes in advance." was deleted from item 5, as had been agreed to on February 10.
Ground Rules (adopted Feb. 14)
- Meetings -- A schedule of meetings will be jointly determined. Starting and ending times for each session may be altered as the need arises, by mutual consent. Meetings will not be audio or video recorded. Computers are permitted for note taking.
- Quorum -- The presence of the chief negotiator and at least one other team member from both the AAUP and the University shall constitute a quorum for all meetings.
- Agenda -- The agenda for each session will be mutually determined in advance insofar as possible, usually as the last item of business at the previous session. The agenda may be modified during the course of a meeting by mutual consent. This does not preclude a party from raising an issue that does not appear on the agenda. When such issues do arise, the parties may agree to pursue them; however, the "surprised" party need not respond in detail at that session. In addition, neither party is obligated to discuss changes received less than 72 hours in advance of the session, as set forth in paragraph 4.
- Document Exchange – February 17, 2014 both parties will exchange a list of articles and appendixes that they modify in, delete from, or add to either existing CBA. Each article or appendix will be categorized as either non-economic or economic. Should the two parties characterize an existing article or appendix differently (i.e., one characterizes an article or appendix as economic and the other characterizes the article or appendix as non-economic) then such article or appendix will be regarded as economic for purposes of paragraph 4. Proposals for non-economic articles and appendixes will be exchanged on March 10, 2014. Proposals for economic articles and appendixes will be exchanged on April 2, 2014. Changes or additions to appendixes that are called for as a result of these negotiations need not be exchanged by the dates in paragraph 4. Counter proposals will be in writing and, whenever possible, exchanged 72 hours in advance of the session at which they are to be discussed to minimize possible confusion or misunderstanding and give each side sufficient time to understand the position of the other side. Exchange of proposals and counter proposals will be done electronically between chief negotiators. Electronic files will be segregated by article; that is a single data file will contain only one CBA article or appendix. The three deadlines in paragraph 4 may be changed by mutual consent.
- Bargaining Team Membership -- The parties are free to amend the size and membership of their respective teams at the bargaining table. All participants will abide by these ground rules.
- Proceedings -- Each chief negotiator will be responsible for the recognition and participation of each member of her/his team. All questions by team members or resource people should be directed to or through the chief negotiator.
- Recesses and Caucuses -- Either chief negotiator may call for a caucus whenever she/he deems it necessary, with time limits set and changed by mutual understanding. If either side feels it has the need for an extended caucus it can inform the other side and postpone negotiations until the next scheduled session.
- Minutes -- There will be no joint minutes. Each party will be responsible for keeping its own record of the negotiations.
- Temporary Impasse -- If the parties fail to reach an agreement on a particular item, negotiations will continue on other items and the parties will subsequently return to the item that was not settled. If a temporary impasse arises, both parties may agree to turn the issue over to a sub-committee for additional settlement efforts with any possible solutions reached brought back to the full table for discussion.
- Tentative Agreements -- Once both parties have reached agreement on all language in an article or appendix, that tentative agreement will be confirmed at the table in writing by having each chief negotiator initial a copy of the article or appendix. All such agreements remain tentative pending completion of a total agreement. Only the chief negotiators may make a commitment for their respective parties.
- Communications -- Both parties have the responsibility to keep their constituents informed about the progress of negotiations. Each party has the right to make periodic progress reports to the party's constituencies; such reports shall be truthful and designed to be informative of the bargaining process.
- Confidentiality -- If both chief negotiators agree that a conversation will be kept "off the record" then no notes will be taken and all elements of the "off the record" exchange will be kept strictly confidential.
- All negotiation sessions shall be closed to the public, including WSU students and the media.
- It is the intent of both parties that negotiations be conducted at the bargaining table and in good faith towards achieving a contract mutually beneficial to all.
- The parties agree that these meetings shall be used to negotiate contracts for both the NTE and TET Bargaining Units.
The administration then gave our negotiating team a counterproposal for Article 5, "Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibilities." In this counter, the administration restored language about "appropriate restraint" that we had deleted from the current CBA language, and it also modified language in such a way that identical text could be used in both the NTE and TET CBAs.
The administration also put forward a proposal for Article 18, "Institutional Environment", whose substance is to add the Office of Disability Services to the units for which the Academic Services Committee has responsibility. We accepted this proposal and stated that later, we will propose additional changes to this article.
Our negotiating team then put forward proposals for Articles 11 (Annual Evaluation), 28 (Vacation & Sick Leave), 16 (Grievance and Arbitration), 13 from the TET CBA (Promotion and Tenure), and 7 (Faculty Rights & Responsibilities). The parties discussed each of these except the last.
In Article 11, we proposed relatively minor changes, one to clarify the raise eligibility of BUFMs who begin at WSU at the beginning of a Spring Semester, the other to prohibit the administration from asking BUFMs to sign their annual evaluations unless their doing so clearly only acknowledges receipt of the evaluation, as opposed to agreement to it.
In Article 28, we proposed to allow BUFMs with fiscal year appointments to have extra vacation days when the University closes between Christmas and New Year's.
In Article 16, we proposed to clarify the timeline when a grievant asks that a grievance be taken to arbitration.
In Article 13, our substantive proposals pertained only to the TET CBA; they will simply require a certain ordering of the materials in a candidate's P&T Document and P&T File.
To close the session, the administration gave our team a proposal regarding Article 9 (Academic Calendar) that would automatically reschedule final exams that occur on days when (e.g.) the University closes due to bad weather.
At this preliminary meeting, the parties discussed the Ground Rules -- which are simply a written agreement to govern the negotiations themselves -- and expect to have finalized them very soon. Our team proposed the following. With a few exceptions -- the deadlines listed in item 4, and a new item 15 to explicitly acknowledge that the parties are negotiating simultaneously two CBAs, one for the NTE faculty and one for the TET -- these Grounds Rules are nearly identical to those used during negotiations for our current CBAs.
The administration responded that it would need to consider whether the April 2 date in item 4 would be satisfactory, and it requested that the parties delete the sentence "The other team will be advised of changes in advance." from item 5, and our team agreed. (The administration explained that its team members, three of whom are Deans, might sometimes need to send alternates.)
Our team then distributed a proposal for Article 5, "Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibilities." As our team explained, the changes we proposed were meant to distinguish between a faculty member's obligation to respect another person without being obligated to respect the other's views.
|5||Academic Freedom and Professional Responsibilities||Changes proposed by AAUP-WSU on February 10|
|7||Faculty Rights & Responsibilities||Changes proposed by AAUP-WSU on February 12|
|9||Academic Calendar||Changes proposed by administration on February 12|
|11||Annual Evaluation||Changes proposed by AAUP-WSU on February 12|
|13||Appointment and Promotion (NTE) / Promotion and Tenure (TET)||Changes to the TET article proposed by AAUP-WSU on February 12|
|16||Grievance and Arbitration||Changes proposed by AAUP-WSU on February 12|
|18||Institutional Environment||Changes proposed by administration on February 12; additional changes will be proposed by AAUP-WSU|
|28||Vacation & Sick Leave||Changes proposed by AAUP-WSU on February 12|
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