Bargaining Update 4/7

Bargaining, a haiku:

Long day in HR,

Equity calculator

Tentatively done.

In all seriousness, we’ve made great gains on non-financials (including appointments and performance reviews) and benefits. Although we’re still a long way apart on salary, we know that things can happen very quickly in the 11th hour.

PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR EMAIL AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOR UPDATES ON THE STATUS OF THE STRIKE. Though we are admirably mobilized, a walkout is not a foregone conclusion.

As you may have seen on social media yesterday, we waited five hours for Admin’s response to our elegantly crafted equity calculator and — we thought — a full salary proposal, with dollars and everything. What we got was a far less elegant calculator with some numbers too laughable to print.

We heard the concerns driving their proposal and went back to the table to come up with a solution that would solve both their problems and ours. After many sidebars and back-and-forth tinkering with ideas, we finally finished our twelve-hour day with a calculator for equity that we think both sides can live with.

Today we expect to see a serious, fully-fleshed out salary proposal and start to bring their vision closer to ours.

In good news, although we had to give up paid parental leave for birth parents, it isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility. They offered us “me too” language saying that if and when other bargaining units at the University get this benefit, so will we. As it turns out, HR is “studying” the idea.

We start again at 10:20, in the same place: Academic HR (ASB, corner of Hoover and Greene). If the door is locked, call (917) 628-8483, and someone will come let you in.

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