From: Zev Kvitky firstname.lastname@example.org
FYI: The update sent out this morning to university workers...
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Settlement Agreement Between University and Union Ratified
On January 31, 2005, after hearing the results of recent negotiations
between the University and Union, workers voted to ratify new provisions
for our contract as a result of the re-opener negotiations. By a 93%
margin workers approved the new agreement. With this settlement our
contract negotiations with the University are over. Here is a summary of
what has been negotiated:
The pension benefits will improve by moving the base year from 1992 to
1994 retroactive to September 1st, 2005. The base year will increase
again to 1995 on September 1st, 2008. These improvements will remain in
place through the 2006 negotiations and SRAP will not be part of the 2006
The proposed changes to a two tier SCRP retirement will not be implemented
for union members. Any further negotiations concerning SCRP will resume
with full contract bargaining.
The proposed takeaways in dining services will not be implemented.
All other issues brought up during negotiations will remain as they are
until summer 2006 when full contract negotiations begin.
As your negotiating team, we want to thank all members who were involved
in this campaign to make improvements in our retirement benefits. We are
proud of what our members have done and grateful for the confidence you
have given us as your negotiating team. Without the help and involvement
of our members we could never have reached this agreement. Though we would
have liked to make greater gains, we have accomplished something our
members will benefit from and can be proud of. We now need to take what
we have learned out of this struggle and begin to prepare for our
contract negotiations that will take place in the months ahead. Again,
thanks to everyone who helped in this effort- YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!
In Solidarity- Your Negotiation Team