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Bargaining Update Nov. 15
NYU's Contract Offer Suppresses Our Wages, Our Benefits and Our Rights!Last night, NYU finally gave the UCATS bargaining team their "comprehensive proposals" for a new collective bargaining agreement. We can only describe it as an extremely disheartening response to the many proposals we have made since mid-September on all our important issues. While we had held out some hope that the new NYU leadership would live up to their kinder, gentler rhetoric about valuing all members of the University community, unfortunately, their proposals continue the University's employment policies of suppressing employees' wages and benefits and attacking employees' rights and protections. They proposed very meager wage increases, the elimination of some valuable benefits, and they are trying to further limit our legal and contractual rights! After NYU presented their proposals, their team retreated to a room in the back of the building for a caucus but then refused to come back for over an hour while the rally of UCATS members and our supporters outside grew larger and louder. Why did the NYU team hide from our members? Here is the link to the story in today's Washington Square News. NYU needs to see and hear from YOU! We are planning more ways for you to show your support for a good contract. Stay tuned for details of our next contract support action on Monday, November 20th from noon to 2 PM in front of Bobst Library. Be there to show you are worth a decent raise, better benefits and enforceable legal rights! We will be bargaining with NYU later that day.
Bargaining Update: Rally for a Fair Contract 11/14
CONTRACT RALLY BARGAINING UPDATE: It's November 8 -- do you know where NYU's wage proposal is or where their response to our wage proposal is? We don't. NYU wasted an entire bargaining session yesterday showing up with nothing but the holiday schedule for the next 6 years. What does that mean? IT MEANS THEY HAVEN'T HEARD YOU! What to do?
RALLY FOR A FAIR CONTRACT! November 14, 4:30-6, 105 East 17th St.That's when and where our next bargaining session will be and UCATS Executive Council members who are not on the bargaining team will be there to get the rally going -- right outside the room where we will be bargaining. They'll hear you in bargaining if you're loud! Sign up for UCATS email at www.ucats3882.org Follow us on Twitter @ucats3882
Bargaining Update Nov. 3
Last night, NYU made a proposal to increase our monthly health insurance premiums and diminish our benefits by eliminating the two HMO options upon which about 30% of our members depend. They also proposed a very High Deductible Health Plan option. They asked us to consider their proposal without even a hint as to how we are to afford it. They have not made a wage proposal or responded to the wage proposal we gave them. Apparently, they haven't heard that UCATS members have an affordability crisis although we have been telling them this at the bargaining table since September 18, in several leafleting actions, and at a spirited rally on October 25 that over 150 of our members and supporters sustained for two hours. NYU's Director of Labor Relations, Sandi Dubin, stated again last night that NYU believes we can reach an agreement by November 30, and yet, she indicated that she might still not have a proposal on wages (or responses to some our other economic and non-economic proposals) for our next bargaining session on November 7. Lacking a wage proposal that addresses our affordability crisis AND addresses their proposed increases to our health insurance premiums makes reaching an agreement an extremely challenging aspiration at best. Since apparently NYU has not heard us at the bargaining table, at our leafleting actions or at the rally on October 25, we'll just have to find other ways to communicate louder. Save the date -- November 14 -- for a demonstration after work, location TBA. Your shop steward will also coordinate actions in your work areas. Stay strong, stay tuned. You're union, we're worth it!
Contract Extended through Nov. 30, 2017
Our contract was set to expire October 31 but at our bargaining session with NYU on October 30 we negotiated an extension of our current agreement through November 30th to protect our contractual rights and all the terms and conditions of our employment. Although we've been negotiating with NYU since September 18th and have had 8 bargaining sessions to date, NYU just started responding to some of our proposals in the last 2 sessions. We have seen some encouraging things from them but also some things that are not so encouraging. At this time, many of our priority issues remain unaddressed such as: wages, limiting our ever-expanding job duties, concrete ways of recognizing years of service and a lot more. We would have liked to have had more and longer bargaining sessions with NYU prior to the contract's expiration, but NYU's Director of Labor Relations, Sandi Dubin, did not make her team available. We have bargaining sessions scheduled on November 2, 7, and 14. More sessions may be needed. With key issues unaddressed at this time, NYU could throw us a curve ball that could set everything back, so be sure to stay alert for possible contract support actions like last Wednesday's spirited 2-hour rally.
Student Senators Support Letter
The Student Senators Council has sent a letter supporting UCATS effort to secure a new Collective Bargaining Agreement to NYU President Andrew Hamilton. To read the letter CLICK HERE.
Swag Request Form
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Contract Bargaining Bulletin 4
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Contract Bargaining Bulletin 3
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2017 Contract Bargaining Survey