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. Our current CBA was extended twice: first, because of the declaration of financial exigency and second, because of the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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 as of July 2022.
What CBA is Currently in Effect?
UNAC disagrees that the administration team’s “Last Best Offer” (LBO) from May 2022 has been legally implemented. President Pitney has publicly declared that their LBO even while we continue mediation sessions. The ground rules, which both teams agreed to on August 27, 2021, state that the current CBA stays in effect during the negotiation process. 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.