The session began with the University’s Bargaining Team presenting their proposal on a package of Article X: Appointment, Reappointment and Promotion, Article XI: Hours of Work and Commitment, and the Side Letter. This package includes items like, but not limited to–
- Multi-year contracts for the professorial track
- Departments being required to define full-time work so that extra work = extra pay
We came into the session hopeful. After many hypothetical conversations with their bargaining team, it seemed we were close to settling at least two articles, and possibly as many as five today. We thought NTFC and the University’s Bargaining Team left last week on the same page.
However, despite all we have given up in order to settle these articles, the administration’s proposals did not provide solutions for our members. For example, they have rejected multi-year contracts outright. They also continue to provide language that allows departments to avoid defining full-time work, which means departments can demand additional work from members without paying them for it.
We continue to remind them that NTFC exists to to protect all members, across all departments, and that working conditions are a big part of what we are here to protect.
Next week, come hear for yourself if they’ve listened. Because at next week’s session, everything is on the table, including Wages.
Contact our Lead Negotiator, Kay Emmert ake153[@]hotmail.com to let her know you will be there or with any bargaining questions you have.
Friday, May 10th
9:00am – 12:00pm (you can arrive and leave at-will)
Illinois Fire Service Institute (Digital signs within the building will alert you to the room.)