Hello TT Faculty members,
I regret to inform you that AAUP-KSU has now officially invoked its right to declare impasse under Article XXIV, Section 3.A of the CBA and will be inviting assistance by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. AAUP-KSU also plans to invoke its right under Article XXIV, Section 3.A to request fact-finding on the outstanding issues. Such a request may be made no earlier than 14 days nor later than 28 days after the first mediated negotiation session.
The decision to declare impasse was made by AAUP-KSU after the October 24, 2018 negotiation meeting between the parties. At this meeting, the administration did not move at all on Article XIII (Medical Benefits) and, in their counter-proposal on Article XII (Salaries), they only moved on standard increment (across the board) raises the equivalent of 0.43% of continuing Faculty salaries in the third year of the contract. They also failed to provide any counter-proposals on the three non-economic Articles that remain open or on Article IV (Other Benefits).
AAUP-KSU will be scheduling an all members’ meeting of the TT Collective Bargaining Unit in the next few weeks and will conduct a strike authorization vote prior to the commencement of fact-finding. Detailed information about strike authorization will be provided in advance of such a vote. The parties will continue to negotiate in good faith during the mediation and fact-finding process.
Update on Salaries and Medical Benefits:
The administration’s counter proposal on Article XII (Salary) of October 24th was again extremely disappointing. Their salary proposal retained the unacceptable salary tiers, despite the fact that we had made clear on October 10th that the salary tier scheme is a poison pill for the Faculty.
The effect on total Faculty salaries of the administration’s proposal for standard increment raises would be the equivalent of the following across the board raises for all continuing Faculty:
AY 18/19 1.94%
AY 19/20 1.83%
AY 20/21 1.43%.
Not only would the administration’s proposal guarantee that all Faculty see wage decreases in real terms over the life of this contract, their proposal is weaker than the salary package contained in any contract since (and including) 1985!
Although the administration agreed to raise the promotion increment for promotion to Full Professor from $9,000 to $10,000, they continue to reject our proposal for increases to the promotion increment for promotion to Associate Professor and to the salary floors for each rank, and for a merit raise pool during the life of this contract.
On Article XIII (Medical Benefits), AAUP-KSU made clear to the administration on October 10th that the Faculty have no interest in paying a higher percentage of the premium for our 90/70 and 80/60 plans than we currently do and that we certainly have no interest in paying more for less coverage. Despite this clear message, the administration continues to propose replacing the current 90/70 and 80/60 PPO plans with an 85/60 PPO plan with the median salaried KSU employee contributing 18.5% of the premium for the new plan effective January 1, 2020. (The start of Open Enrollment locks us into our current plans for 2019.)
For whatever reason, the administration has been unable or unwilling to consider the evidence that AAUP-KSU has presented during these negotiations in support of providing Faculty with a salary package that keeps up with inflation or providing Faculty with healthcare benefits that are competitive with other Ohio institutions. AAUP-KSU is optimistic that a neutral third party fact-finder will take interest in the data and evidence that AAUP-KSU has to present.
Deborah C. Smith
Chief Negotiator, AAUP-KSU Tenured & Tenure Track Unit