ITEM NO. 114-109-R0102  ATTACHMENT

 

TO:                   Board of Regents

 

FROM:              Sue Hill, Director

                        Labor Relations and Personnel

 

RE:                   Approval of Tentative Agreement with International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

 

DATE:               January 17-18, 2002


Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.  This contract covers approximately 11 employees at The University of Montana-Missoula, Montana State University-Bozeman and Montana State University-Billings. The summary only includes those sections of  the agreement that were modified during this round of negotiations.  The entire collective bargaining agreement is available on line at: www.montana.edu/wochelp/collbarg/collbarg.html

 

The tentative agreement provides for a wage increase of 4 percent effective November 1, 2001, and a 4% increase on November 1, 2002.  The differential for foremen wages was increased from $1.00 to $1.10.  The increase in the employer’s contribution to health insurance is in accordance with state law.

 

Most of the language changes were not substantive.  The probationary period language was modified to clarify that time served in a temporary position does not count toward meeting the probationary period.  A new section was added to heighten employees’ awareness of the conflict of interest restrictions included in state law.  A deadline was included for advancing grievances to arbitration.  The language governing duration of warning letters was modified to require the first warning letter an employee receives to be removed from the employee’s personnel file after one year instead of six months.  Subsequent warning letters may remain in the file indefinitely.  A memorandum of understanding regarding scope of work that had been previously agreed to was made an official part of the collective bargaining agreement.

 

The tentative agreement has been ratified by the bargaining unit.  I recommend approval of this tentative agreement.

 

xc:        President Dennison

            President Gamble         

            Chancellor Sexton