Click here to access the 2017-2019 CBA, extended twice by memorandum of agreement: first, because the BOR declared financial exigency, and second, because of the start to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The CBA governs numerous facets of faculty employment: salary, benefits, tenure and promotion, academic freedom, grievances, complaints, and contract renewals. Every three years, a new CBA is renegotiated between the UA administration and UA faculty represented by United Academics.
Negotiation sessions normally conclude with a new, mutually agreed upon CBA within three to six months, but that is not the case this time. We’ve been in negotiations or mediation since August of 2021 and have not yet reached a new agreement.
We have been negotiating in good faith with the bargaining team representing the University of Alaska’s administration. In May of 2022, the two teams mutually agreed to switch from public bargaining sessions on Zoom, with audiences allowed, to confidential mediation sessions through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). These sessions are ongoing.
What CBA is Currently in Effect?
Bargaining ground rules, which both teams agreed to on August 27, 2021, state that the current CBA stays in effect during the negotiation process.
UNAC disagrees that the administration team’s “Best and Final Offer” (BAFO) from May 2022 has been legally implemented. Impasse has not been reached, even if it has been declared a few times by the UA administration. The two teams continue to participate in mediation with our FMCS mediator as facilitator. To access the current CBA in its entirety, please click here.