2014-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement Reached

A tentative agreement was reached for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on December 11, 2013. The Negotiation Team consisted of  Melanie Arthur, UAF; Frank Jeffries, UAA; Tony Rickard, UAF; Mike Stekoll, UAS; Cyndee West, UNAC Contract Manager. On December 19, the Representative Assembly (RA) accepted the tentative Agreement and recommended acceptance of the agreement to the union membership. UNAC membership officially ratified the agreement on January 18, 2014. It will cover the dates: January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. 

Overview of Substantive Changes in the Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 

Below are highlights of substantive changes in the Articles of the tentative CBA that are likely to be of most interest to UNAC members.  Please see the text of the entire tentative CBA on the UNAC website at  http://unitedacademics.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/TAd-CBA-Article-1-23-Final.pdf

Article 1: Article 2: Article 4: Article 6: Article 8: Article 10: Article 18: Article 19: Article 20: Article 21: Article 22: Article 23:   no substantive changes

 Article 3: Recognition

Postdoctoral fellows will become part of UNAC after three, instead of the current two, years of employment.

Article 5: United Academics Representatives and Privileges, Release Time and Faculty Development

Clarified the process for distribution, use, and documentation of funds from UNAC buyouts to be used to support UNAC member travel for professional development. 

Rent charged to UNAC for office space at UAA and UAF will increase from current $5000 per year to $7500 in 2014, $9000 in 2015, and $10,500 in 2016.

Article 7: Resolution of Disputes  

Minor wording changes to clarify intent of complaint and grievance processes.

Clarification that UNAC is responsible for a grievance when that process is initiated.

In UNAC member evaluation (e.g., tenure, promotion, post-tenure review), an appeal can be made at the Provost level prior to the MAU Chancellor making the final decision; the Chancellor would then review both the Provost’s decision and the decision of the Appeals Board.

Article 9: Faculty Status: Appointment, Evaluation, Promotion, Tenure, and Termination

UNAC members will receive annual feedback from their Dean, Director, or designee.

Contents of files for comprehensive fourth-year, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure evaluations are now clearly defined.

UNAC members undergoing post-tenure review and receiving a satisfactory review from their unit peer review committee and Dean, Director, or designee will have a complete and satisfactory review; otherwise the review continues to the MAU peer review committee and Provost.

UNAC members undergoing tenure, promotion, or post-tenure review and who wish to file an appeal may do so at the Provost level as per Article 7.

UNAC members who are denied promotion to Professor must wait one year before reapplying.

UNAC members in a non-tenure track appointment may request to be evaluated for promotion using rules and procedures established by governance.

Article 11: Disciplinary Action

Terms “inquiry” and “investigation” are clarified.

UA must notify UNAC upon initiation of an inquiry (as well as an investigation).

Article 12: Personnel Files

Status of UNAC member files (e.g., academic, personnel) is clarified.

Contents of UNAC member files are defined. 

Article 13: Workload 

UNAC members may receive workload credit for development and commercialization of intellectual property.

UNAC department chairs must prepare an annual workload summary for their department that outlines workloads of UNAC members in the department (e.g., courses taught).

Article 14: Intellectual Property

Clarification that course syllabi and materials are university-supported works.

Disclosure procedures for works and inventions are clarified.

Distribution of net proceeds from works or inventions between UNAC members and UA is clarified and revised (first $10,000 of net royalty or revenue to UNAC member, subsequent net royalty or revenue evenly split between the UNAC member and UA.

Article 15: Compensation

Minimum salaries for UNAC members by rank/status are increased.

For each of the three years of the CBA, UNAC members will receive an across the board raise of a 2% increase to base salary plus an additional lump sum payment of $750 that will also be added to base salary.

In the third year of the agreement, a market salary increase pool of 0.3% of total UNAC member salaries will be distributed among members who are at least 1% of their base salary from appropriate market salary; procedures for distribution of the market salary increase pool will be determined by the joint UA/UNAC Market Salary Increase Committee.

Merit pay may be made as bonuses or to base salary; in each year of the CBA, UA will make up to 1% of the total salaries of UNAC members available for merit pay adjustments.

UNAC Department Head/Chair compensation may include a summer extension of at least one month (previously fixed at one month) and/or a stipend of up to $6000 (increased from previous stipend of up to $5500); the additional compensation option of release from at least one 3-credit course is unchanged.

Minimum compensation for UNAC member summer teaching and/or overloads during the academic year is increased from $1300 per workload unit or course credit taught to $1500.

Specific geographic differentials are eliminated and replaced with language that UNAC member geographic differentials will be set by current Board of Regents policy.

Article 16: Personnel Benefits

The UA/UNAC distribution of net plan costs for the UA Choice health plan are maintained at 82%/18% for the life of the CBA.

Membership and procedures of the Joint Health Care Committee revised/clarified.

Tuition waiver for UNAC members increased from six to eight credits per semester and from 12 to 16 credits per year; eligibility criteria revised to reflect Board of Regents Policy and Federal Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).

Clarification that UNAC members receive 15 days off (three days of time off will be used during Winter Closure) in addition to UA holidays.

Time off to attend funeral of a family member increased from 5 to 10 days.

Terms and conditions of sabbatical for UNAC members clarified.

Article 17: Working Conditions

UNAC members are required to participate in all required trainings (e.g., workplace safety, emergency response, FERPA).

Clarification of UA policy for UNAC members’ professional travel and UA obligations to UNAC members.