TO:������ ����������� Board of Regents
FROM:� ����������� Sue Hill, Director
����������� ����������� Labor Relations and Personnel
RE:������ ����������� Approval of Tentative Agreement with the University Faculty Association,
����������� ����������� The University of Montana
DATE:�� ����������� July 10-11, 2003
Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement with the University Faculty Association (UFA).� The UFA bargaining unit includes approximately 500 faculty at The University of Montana-Missoula.� The attached summary only addresses modifications to the prior agreement.� The entire agreement can be viewed at http://mus.edu/hr/cba/collbarg.asp.
The compensation portion of the tentative agreement funds promotions in 2004 and 2005 at the same level as in prior agreements.� The size of merit awards was reduced from $2,253 in 2003 to $2,000 in 2004 and 2005.� The number of merit awards was reduced from 74 in 2003 to 70 in 2004 and 40 in 2005.� The reduction in the merit awards is considered a temporary measure taken in response to budget shortfalls.� The intent is to restore them to prior levels in the subsequent agreement.� Merits and promotions will be implemented on November 1st in both years.� The savings from the reduction in merit awards was used to fund a $500.00 across-the-board increase for all full-time faculty, to be implemented on February 1, 2005.�
If the bargaining unit has not voted to ratify the tentative agreement prior to the July Regent meeting, this item will be withdrawn.� I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with the University Faculty Association, subject to union ratification.