Unions

SUNY’s United University Professions: A labor union fighting for higher ed

Union focuses on funding, keeping faculty salary on pace with cost of living and improving job security

The United University Professions (UUP), SUNY’s labor union, has defended funding for public higher education—which has decreased nationwide by about 25 percent since the Great Recession. (Only two states, Alaska and North Dakota, have increased funding.)

Living with unions in higher education

Colleges and universities offer tips on managing unionizing efforts on campus

The temperature around higher education unionizing efforts often runs hot. Officials are reluctant to have outside labor groups on campus or to relinquish control over important personnel decisions—including pay, benefits and other sensitive employee issues. But should higher ed leaders fear unionization efforts?

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Tug of war: How HR can prepare to negotiate with unions

Think outside the box. The phrase is overused, but the actual practice is definitely underutilized. Yet, it still ranks among the most important tips for higher ed HR professionals who are involved in union negotiations.

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Tug of war: How Blue Mountain CC negotiated with unions

Think outside the box. The phrase is overused, but the actual practice is definitely underutilized. Yet, it still ranks among the most important tips for higher ed HR professionals who are involved in union negotiations.

Checklist of negotiating do’s and dont’s for human resources

Tips for maintaining management rights, reappointment criteria, and employee evaluations

Strong management rights

  • Do insist upon a management clause that grants your school operational flexibility, ranging from the ability to assign jobs to enforcing reasonable work rules.

Tug of war: How HR can prepare to negotiate with unions

Best practices include exercising creativity to analyzing productive and nonproductive time

Think outside the box. The phrase is overused, but the actual practice is definitely underutilized. Yet, it still ranks among the most important tips for higher ed HR professionals who are involved in union negotiations.

Creativity is what moved negotiations forward nearly three years ago at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., recalls Art Doherty, now HR director at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

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SUNY Union Inks Contract With Nine Furlough Days

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reached a contract deal with the one of last major public unions.

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EMU, Part-Time Lectures Have Tentative 4-Year Deal

Eastern Michigan University and a union for its part-time lecturers say they've reached a tentative agreement that will give about 800 teachers raises totaling 6.7 percent over four years.

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WSU Faculty Wants Deal Before Right To Work Starts

Wayne State University's faculty union is seeking a 10-year contract before the state's right-to-work law goes into effect at the end of March, union leaders said Wednesday.

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State System Of Higher Education in Pa. Hails Tentative Contract Agreement

With faculty for the 14 state-owned universities moving closer to ratifying a contract, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education hailed the prospect of ending an 18-month dispute.

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