We presented approximately 15 proposals that were approved by Bargaining Council. So far it appears the Administration’s Chief Negotiator, Jim Carroll, has the authority to sign tentative agreements. That will be a nice change from the past, if it continues through August 31st.
We signed off on ground rules for negotiations (in 2010 it took 4 meetings to agree to those), a lot of clean up language dealing with administrative title changes, and some MOUs and Appendices that needed to be added to the contract.
The most important tentative agreement we signed with the administration on Tuesday, was a voluntary phased retirement plan. After asking for this for the faculty since 2004, we finally have an agreement on a voluntary phased retirement plan. Some of its features are:
1. Faculty can reduce their teaching load by 50% for Fall and Winter semesters or teach 100% in the Fall and 0% in the Winter for up to three years. Then they would have to retire. All other benefits stay the same including the option to teach in Summer.
2. It is important to have this in the contract so that all faculty have the same opportunity to phase out as they get closer to retirement.
3. Faculty will have to apply for the plan by March 31st and the administration could delay it only one time if they believe your services are needed that year, otherwise all faculty are guaranteed the right to phase out their teaching as they get closer to retirement.
We are negotiating in the basement of Boone Hall on Tuesdays and Fridays. Come visit us if you are in the neighborhood.