ITEM 114-102-R0302


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


FROM:������������� Sue Hill, Director

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


RE:                   Approval of Tentative Agreement International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #400


DATE:�������������� March 21-22, 2002

Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #400.� The attached summary only includes the sections of the agreement where changes were made.� The entire contract is available for review on line at� This agreement covers approximately 30 employees at Montana Tech of The University of Montana, Montana State University-Bozeman, The University of Montana-Western and The University of Montana-Missoula.� Employees in this bargaining unit maintain the boiler operations and related heating and ventilation systems and perform a varying range of other maintenance duties.


Most of the language changes are minor.� The most substantive change was to Article XIV, Section 9, the provision governing warning letters.� Under the prior agreement all warning letters were removed from employees� personnel files after six months.� In the future, the first warning letter an employee receives� stays in the personnel file for six months or up to one year after discussion with the bargaining agent.� All subsequent warning letters have an indefinite duration.� The provision authorizing grievance committees was modified to include a ten day time limit for advancing grievances.� The words �routine maintenance� were deleted from the provision defining the scope of work at UM Western.


This bargaining unit did not adopt the Montana University System Achievement Project.� Wages will increase 4% on November 1, 2001 and 4% on November 1, 2002.� Insurance increases are consistent with state statute.


I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #400.� The bargaining unit previously voted to ratify the tentative agreement.