Montana university system working on own pay deal with employees

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Friday, June 7, 2013

The Montana university system isn’t covered by the state pay deal reached Tuesday, and its chief labor negotiator said he doesn’t know for sure yet what kind of agreements will be reached.

Kevin McRae, associate commissioner of higher education for communications and human resources, said the university system is now in the collective bargaining process with 25 bargaining units that represent nearly 4,000 employees.

The Bullock administration and public employee unions on Wednesday agreed to provide most state executive branch employees with a 3 percent raise in July and a 5 percent increase in November 2014. In addition, the deal provides that members of the state’s self-insurance pool won’t see out-of-pocket increases in health insurance premiums before January 2015.

The university system will come up with its own separate deals with bargaining units.

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