Bargaining V to focus on NTTF, as Moffitt stalls for time on raise counter-proposal.

3/9/2015 update: Moffitt stalls for time on raise counter-proposal. Bargaining V to focus on NTTF workload? Find out 10AM March 12 in the Library Collaboration Room.

Things are getting a little testy between Cecil and Brady. Check Luebke’s Facebook liveblog, here.

My understanding is that the admins economic counter-proposal had been scheduled for a month. The Union put its cards on the table 2 weeks ago. Did the board raise questions about the admin counter? Did Moffitt find the missing $17M? Does Coltrane want to leave this for the new president? I think Session VI is not until April 2nd.

Meanwhile rumors abound, feel free to add yours in the comments. Session V is still on, and will cover NTTF workload, etc.

UAUO Bargaining Update — March 9, 2015, full post here:

Bargaining resumes between United Academics and the university administration on Thursday 12 March, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., in the Knight Library Collaboration Center, Room 122. It had been previously announced that the university administration’s team would present their proposal on economics at the next session; this is, however, no longer the case. We will inform you as soon as we know when the administration expects to present its counter-proposal. In the meantime, please attend our bargaining sessions. There is much more than economics at stake.

The CAS Workload Policy Debacle

As most colleagues have heard by now, the College of Arts and Sciences deans are attempting to abuse the existing process for developing workload policies, which the CBA places squarely in the departments and units, to impose “standardized” and “regularized” workloads for non-tenure-track faculty.

For career NTT faculty, the deans “affirmed” a “standard”* workload of nine courses per year in the Humanities and Social Sciences, plus .1 FTE service, for a full-time appointment. In the Natural Sciences, the deans decreed a six-course load, plus .1 FTE for service. In all three divisions, adjuncts with a full-time appointment would have to teach an additional course, i.e., ten courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, seven in the Natural Sciences. …

3/8/2015: Bargaining Session V: Bloated JH admins give their counter on faculty raises
This Thursday March 12, 10AM-2PM, Knight Library Collaboration Room. First floor on the right.

Session V will open with a presentation from Jamie Moffitt, explaining where she’s been spending all our money, to be followed by the administration’s salary counter-proposal. Moffitt told the UO Board this week that she’d forgot to include faculty and salary raises in the budget, so presumably she’s going to come back with a low-ball offer of a milli-Helfrich* or so, per year. Should be well worth attending.

The full UO Matters post on the UAUO faculty union’s proposal from Session IV, is here. For some reason Tobin Klinger’s take on this meeting never showed up on “Around the 0”.

It’s a 2 year contract. The union proposed ATB raises of 2.5% in 2015 and 2016, plus 2% then 4% for merit, and 2.5% for internal and external equity, both in 2015. In total, 7% in 2015, 6% in 2016. These are for both TTF and NTTF, there are also some salary floor increases for NTTFs, and a few other wrinkles. Full proposal here.

The “Across The Board” raises are pretty close to expected cost of living increases, so this amounts to about a 4% increase in real wages for each year.  My estimate is that this will get UO TTF salaries to the AAU public peer averages by July 2016, assuming a moderate forecast of 2.5% increases at those schools:

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The 2009 Lariviere/Coltrane/Bean plan would have done this by July 2013 or so, but instead Jamie Moffitt and Brad Shelton added some of that money to reserves, and spend the rest on their other priorities, including a big raise for Shelton, millions for Moffitt’s husband’s law school, and useless administrative and strategic communications bloat like Chuck Triplett and Tobin Klinger.

This delay means a permanent loss of very roughly ~$50K to the average faculty member, but that’s money under the bridge. At least the union proposal will stem further losses.

* A milli-Helfrich is a UO salary measure, defined as 1/1000th of Football Coach Mark Helfrich’s pay, or roughly $4,000.

Some history:

In 2013 the union opened with a proposal for 9% raises for each of the two years of the contract. Basically this was the Lariviere plan, to get UO salaries to the AAU medians. The University countered with, if I remember correctly, an offer of 2%, for one year. Rudnick, Gleason, and Blandy said this was all UO could afford, saying UO had already spent the Lariviere money on other things.

Months of bitter haggling ensued. VPFA Jamie Moffitt refused to give the union the documents showing UO’s budget projections:

The union brought in Howard Bunsis, a forensic accountant, to challenge those few budget numbers that Moffitt would provide. Bunsis showed that Moffitt had been building a large and increasing reserve – so large it broke OUS’s rules. Moffitt then fled the room in tears. Literally. The University then made a take it or leave it offer of, if I remember right, 5.5% spread over 2 years. More was impossible. Rudnick told us “The well is dry”.

The union ignored the threat. Eventually we got ~12% in raises, spread over two years. Plus Tim Gleason’s $350 in Goat Money. What will happen this time? Show up Thursday and find out. Meanwhile, here’s some data on how UO’s senior administrators are taking more and more of the brisket:

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4 Responses to Bargaining V to focus on NTTF, as Moffitt stalls for time on raise counter-proposal.

  1. Little Bird says:

    I heard the board leadership didn’t buy Jamie’s briefing on proposed faculty raises. Too low. They told her to go back and figure out how to get to 5% per year.

    • uomatters says:

      If true, I’m going to thank football coach Matt Helfrich. The optics of having the new board give him a full Helfrich raise after 30 seconds of discussion, followed by a long fight with the faculty over a milli-Helfrich for them, are not good.

      Too bad the Ducks didn’t hire my cousin Jim – then we’d be talking milli-Harbaugh’s – real AAU money for the faculty.

      As for the SEIU staff union and its bargaining with OUS, I’m not hearing much. If you know something, please say something.

      • Fishwrapper says:

        In bargaining at PSU last week, a coalition of student groups, faculty unions, community supporters, and SEIU delivered a unified message in our campus rally (click for pictures) and at the bargaining table: We support a Fair Shot for higher ed employees and all Oregonians! Our proposals in negotiations and in the legislature would ensure just that. Click here to see the Fair Shot agenda and take action.

        We are still in discussions with management over whether to bargain only on economic items. We are prepared to do so only if we could be assured that we will be treated fairly and equally across all seven campuses. We cannot accept a contract that does not treat members at all campuses equally. We are In It Together!

        At our rally, speaking on behalf of the Fair Shot Coalition and in support of SEIU bargaining, a PSU student (representing ASPSU), two faculty members (from AAUP and PSUFA/AFT), and Bargaining Team Chair Marc Nisenfeld addressed the crowd of over 100 about the coalition’s common goals.

        In additional developments at the bargaining table, 25-plus early childhood educators from the PSU Helen Gordon Center made a powerful case about their classification’s pay range being below market and undervalued; and that was followed by a well-grounded presentation of PSU paralegal employees and supporters. More presentations for selectives are scheduled for upcoming bargaining at OSU and UO.

        The best way to support your bargaining team and to continue to fight for a Fair Shot for all is to send your legislator an email message and register to attend the next Higher Ed Lobby Day in Salem on April 20. Please attend a bargaining session when we come to your campus:

        March 19 & 20: Oregon State University
        April 9 & 10: University of Oregon
        April 23 & 24: Southern Oregon University
        May 7 & 8: OSU Cascades Campus
        May 28 & 29: Eastern Oregon University
        June 4 & 5: TBD

        In Unity,

        Higher Ed Bargaining Team

        Marc Nisenfeld, PSU (Chair)
        Trisha Guy, WOU (Alternate Chair)
        Johnny Earl, UO
        Gloria O’Brien, OSU
        Helen Moore, EOU
        Colleen Martin-Low, SOU
        Gregory Marks, PSU
        Bob Klem, OIT

      • Ben says:

        How many Pac-12 schools have the Harbaugh family NOT attended or been faculty/staff?