Sharon Rudnick, Doug Blandy, and Tim Gleason repeatedly claimed this during the contract negotiations, as did many other UO administrators. The union team called them out on it every time. After the contract was signed these claims persisted, despite clear contract language to the contrary. So the union sent the provosts and deans a letter explaining that the union raises were lower bounds, and that UAUO had no objections to the administration giving faculty additional raises for retention, internal equity, external equity, merit, or any other reason. Apparently the administration is still confused on this point – or at least some administrators are still purporting to be confused. Many UO departments still have average wages far below comparators. The union negotiated for money to fix this, but were told no. And it is still not the union that is the obstacle to fixing this problem.
(Meanwhile the administration will reportedly implement the 2nd 1.5% ATB raise and the 2% merit in the January paycheck, along with a lump-sum for the retroactive amounts. No word yet on what interest rate they’ll pay the faculty for being late on this. See here for some rough math on how much you’ll get. Or try Tim Gleason’s $218K contract implementation blog, here. On second thought don’t, it’s useless.)
The union’s latest statement on “extra-contractual raises”, from an email sent to the faculty a few days ago:
YOUR CONTRACT QUESTIONS ANSWERED: EXTRA-CONTRACTUAL RAISES, LEAVE DURING WINTER BREAK, and UO ERRORS IN DUES DEDUCTIONS
Q. Does our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) prohibit the administration from granting raises to individual faculty above the levels required in the agreement?
A. ABSOLUTELY NOT. There is no language in the CBA that prohibits the administration from offering raises above the levels required by the contract (e.g. in a retention effort when the UO grants a raise to a faculty member who has received an outside offer). As long as such raises do not diminish the contractually guaranteed pools allotted for equity and merit raises, are disclosed to United Academics, and are implemented through a transparent and fair process, the Administration retains the authority to grant such raises at its discretion.
If you have been incorrectly told by an administrator or unit head that they are prevented from granting such extra-contractual raises because of the CBA or the union, please contact United Academics immediately at 541 636 4714 or email@example.com.
Q. Does our CBA place a new restriction on faculty leave, engagement, or reporting responsibilities between fall and winter terms?
A. ABSOLUTELY NOT. The new CBA does formalize a paid leave for most bargaining unit members for the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. But there are no new campus-wide policies regarding expectations for faculty engagement in research, service and teaching between fall and winter terms that supersede existing practices and expectations within units. As in the past, bargaining unit members should consult with their respective unit heads or supervisors if they have questions about their expected engagement during this period.
A memo sent by the Office of the General Counsel to department heads and some faculty during the week of December 11 inaccurately implied that the CBA instituted new campus-wide changes to such policies. The CBA does not institute such changes, and it does not grant the General Counsel the authority to dictate such policy to individual units.
If you have been incorrectly told that the CBA has mandated a new campus wide change to faculty reporting and engagement responsibilities between fall and winter terms, please contact United Academics immediately at 541 636-4714 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. The UO has made a mistake in the amount of money deducted from my November paycheck for United Academic dues or fair share fees. What should I do?
Our new CBA stipulates that the UO is responsible for administering the required payroll deductions (1.1% of gross pay, as voted by United Academic members). For members of United Academics, the amount is deducted as dues. For those who have not yet elected to join United Academics but are still covered by the CBA and represented fully by the union, the same amount is deducted as fair share fees, as provided by state law.
Bargaining unit members pay dues or fair share fees only when they are actively employed by the UO and receiving a paycheck (e.g. no dues or fees are deducted during the summer months for faculty on a 9-month contract and not teaching summer school).
Dues and fair share fee deductions from November paychecks included both the standard November deduction as well as a pro-rated portion for October, since the CBA was ratified and went into effect in mid-October. (Our raises were similarly pro-rated).
If the UO has made an error in calculating and deducting your fair share or dues amounts, please contact UO Human Resources at 541 346-2964. The union’s contract implementation team has received a commitment from the Administration that the errors they have made will be rectified quickly.