February 19, 2013
Union, state reach tentative agreement
UUP Negotiations Committee members applaud after unanimously voting Feb. 15 to submit a tentative contract agreement to the full membership for a ratification vote. If ratified, the five-year contract between UUP and New York state would run through July 1, 2016.
UUP has been without a new contract since July 1, 2011.
"This contract meets the unique needs of our members and meets the state's need to achieve savings in these difficult economic times,” said UUP President Phil Smith. "It’s a fair contract for our union and the state."
Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
UUP is preparing handouts that explain all of the provisions of the tentative contract, which will be distributed online and in face-to-face meetings with members at every chapter. President Smith, UUP Chief Negotiator Jamie Dangler, and Negotiations Team members will visit campuses in March and April to present specifics and answer any questions on the new deal.
The full text of the contract proposal—with an article-by-article comparison of major changes—is also being prepared and will be mailed to members’ addresses of record. Included in the mailing will be information on the ratification vote.
The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is expected to conduct the ratification vote this spring. Members will have approximately three weeks to return their ballots to AAA.
Check back regularly for the most up-to-date information on chapter visits.
See details of the tentative agreement here.
See the governor's news release here.
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