ITEM 128-110-R0705


TO: Montana Board of Regents


FROM: Kevin McRae, Director

Labor Relations and Human Resources


RE: Approval of Tentative Agreement with The University Faculty Association, The University of Montana


DATE: July 14-15, 2005

Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement reached with The University Association, The University of Montana.  The tentative agreement was ratified by members of the bargaining unit. The entire collective bargaining agreement is available at the Montana University System web site.


This bargaining unit is comprised of approximately 570 faculty members at The University of Montana-Missoula.


Major changes include:

         Wage increases in accordance with HB 4473.5 percent and 4.0 percent effective October 1, 2005, and October 1, 2006, respectively.

         Four-year contract term; compensation only negotiated at end of two years.

         Timeline established for notice of UFA executive board and Faculty Senate assignments.

         Continuation the Dependent Partial Tuition Waiver.

         Specify availability of course syllabi.

         Clarify appointment as instructor non-tenurable and instructor appointment not allowable toward credit for probationary service.


Other modifications were made for reasons for clarification and/or contract housekeeping.


I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with The University Faculty Association, The University of Montana.