Recently, these difficulties [in negotiations] were illustrated in the report issued after a January fact-finding hearing. The arbitrator sorted through concerns over due process, largely siding with the union, though he made the union’s allowable period of appeal much shorter. He also recommended a total three-year salary increase of 8.75 percent, about half of which would be determined through across-the-board raises rather than predominantly through merit increases, as the administration wanted. The arbitrator also praised the fiscal health of the university and noted, perhaps wryly, that raises to the faculty would not likely be a hardship. “The university has had the resources to expand its management and administrative staff,” he noted.Sounds kind of familiar, don't you think?
Thursday, April 28, 2011
"When Bitter Bargaining Bleeds Over"
I stumbled upon something rather interesting in the automated feed of links I've set up down on the left side of the blog, a story in Inside Higher Ed about a no-confidence vote against the president of the University of New Hampshire, which is unionized. Negotiations there are stalled, and the state is talking about major budget cuts. I have no great insight into the New Hampshire no-confidence vote (which the president predictably wrote off as a bargaining tactic). But reading down the rather impressively detailed story brought up a gem I'll put after the break.
Posted by Dave Johnson at 4/28/2011 10:05:00 PM