April 21, 2016
Negotiations Committee OKs contract proposals
The UUP Negotiations Committee has unanimously approved the union’s package of contract proposals—a necessary step before bargaining with the state can begin.
At top, Chief Negotiator Philippe Abraham leads an April 21 joint session of the Negotiations Committee and Negotiations Team.
Under the UUP Constitution, the Negotiations Committee formulates negotiations proposals for presentation to the UUP president. Now that the Committee has accepted the union’s proposals, the Negotiations Team, under the direction of UUP President Fred Kowal, can proceed with contract talks.
UUP’s current five-year contract expires July 1.
The package of proposals, approved at the April 21 joint meeting of the Negotiations Committee and Negotiations Team, was developed in response to member input collected during UUP’s fall 2015 information-gathering phase. Above, Polytechnic Institute Chapter President Linda Weber, left, and Purchase Chapter President Connie Lobur, both Negotiation Committee members, talk to each other at the meeting.
The Team and Committee met in January to assess the information and to identify contract priorities. The Team met frequently through April to develop contract proposals that reflect these priorities and to gather facts needed for negotiations.
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