ITEM 113-104-R1101


TO:������������������ Board of Regents


FROM:������������� Sue Hill, Director

����������������������� Labor Relations and Personnel


RE:������������������ Approval of Tentative Agreement with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers


DATE:�������������� November 15-16, 2001



Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement reached with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).� 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:�� The IBEW represents 18 employees at Montana State University-Bozeman, Montana State University-Billings and The University of Montana-Missoula.� The bargaining unit has ratified the tentative agreement.


The tentative agreement provides for a 4% increase in wages on November 1st of 2001 and 2002.� The foreman differential increased from $1.00 to $1.10 above journeyman scale and the stipend for fire alarm endorsement increased from 35 cents to 50 cents.� The employer contribution for group insurance increased by $30 in FY 02 and $41 in FY 03 in accordance with state law.�


Under the tentative agreement payroll deductions for U.S. Savings Bonds will no longer be mandatory.� Sick leave and vacation leave may be used in a minimum of quarter hour increments.��� The provision on probationary periods was clarified to exclude time served in a temporary position.� The reference to budgeted department was deleted from the seniority and layoff provisions.� A grievance committee option was added to the grievance procedure.� A new provision was added that incorporates the conflict of interest provisions included in state law. �The most substantive language change was to the provision governing warning letters.� Previously all warning letters were removed from employees� personnel files after 6 months or 1 year.� The tentative agreement mandates the removal of an employee�s first warning letter after 1 year but subsequent warning letters may remain in employees� personnel files indefinitely.� All of the language changes included in the tentative agreement were initiated by the employer.


I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with IBEW.


xc:������� Chancellor Sexton

����������� President Dennison

����������� President Gamble