Last Friday the joint Federation bargaining team, which includes representatives from full time and part time faculty, academic professionals, and classified staff, presented a proposal to administration that brought us within $6 million over a four-year contract. (For context the federation’s full proposal costs $61 million.) Administration requested a caucus so they could formulate a counter proposal. After 2.5 hours, they told us they weren’t able to finish a proposal, but they would send us something over email. Yesterday we learned that their proposal will not be ready until after the Thanksgiving holiday.
While it is disappointing to head into Thanksgiving weekend empty-handed (so to speak), the negotiations team has the impression that the administration team is working hard to settle the contract. The Federation’s actions last Thursday (picketing, showing up at the board meeting) seemed to have really made a difference. We are hopeful that we can strike a deal by the end of the term. We’ll be in touch early next week with some next steps for members who would like to help us keep the pressure on. In the meantime, mark your calendar for the next bargaining session – Dec. 6 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at CLIMB. Sign up to observe here.