Negotiations Summary Report #7 – Oct 22, 2015

Throughout negotiations, summary reports will be added to the Negotiations page of this website for future reference.

Meeting #7

Attending:

FA: Loveland, Lynch, McGuinness, Shepard, Walz
Admin: Allen, Behnke, Berchtold, Fedorchak, Losinger

We caucused for 15 minutes at the beginning of the session.

Formal negotiations began at 3:20.

  1. Mike told Regina, “Your spreadsheets are off.”
  2. Regina responded, “These are off the College’s data.  But OK we will send our two financial guys off to work on it together.”
  3. Mike stated, “We went back to the NRC and shared the updates, including health insurance and salary. It was a difficult conversation.
    • At the end of the day we are not putting anything on the table today. There is a growing feeling that the prior settlement was made during the worst economic situation in recent memory. As a result there is a need to address modest increases and the huge impact on our health insurance.
    • Because of your opening proposals and staying put on that, it has fostered a heightened awareness of the amount that we were paying on health insurance versus what we are paying now.  This informs salary and increases expectations—expectations based internally and externally.
    • The conversation centered on other things. We have some work to do.
    • We are going to step back. Then return with a clear rationale about our salary proposal.”
  4. Regina stated, “There is some room to move, but not a lot.”
  5. Mike said, “This meeting shows that there are problems.”
  6. Regina responded, “Us, too. Anything over 2 % will be a huge challenge to get the Board to move on.” She added, “Let’s not linger.”
  7. Mike agreed, “We won’t . We are not in favor of impasse. We will bring our rationale.”
  8. Regina stated, “You have my commitment to see how far I can push the Board.”
  9. Fred pressed her on her ability to deliver. She stated, “I will do my best to determine that real bottom line.”

Adjourned at 3:25.

Respectfully submitted,
Suzanne V. Shepard, Ph.D.
Member, Faculty Association Negotiating Team