ITEM 128-109-R0905


TO:                   Montana Board of Regents


FROM:              Kevin McRae, Director

Labor Relations and Human Resources


RE:                   Approval of Tentative Agreement with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters


DATE:               September 21-23, 2005

Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement reached with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters.  This bargaining unit consists of 24 plumbers in Missoula, Bozeman and Billings.  The union-ratified tentative agreement includes revisions to the prior agreement.


Revisions include:

·         Wage increases of 3.5 percent and 4.0 percent effective October 1, 2005, and October 1, 2006, respectively.

·         Continuation the Dependent Partial Tuition Waiver.

·         A four-year contract term, with a “re-opener” in 2007 solely for renegotiation of economic issues.


I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with the Plumbers and Pipefitters union.