TO:������������ Board of Regents


FROM:������� Sue I. Hill, Director

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


RE:������������ Approval of Tentative Agreement with The University of Montana-Western Faculty Association


DATE:�������� January 15-16, 2004

Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement with The University of Montana-Western Faculty Association.� The summary only shows the changes from the prior agreement.� The entire agreement may be accessed electronically at

In Section 3.600, a statement regarding evaluating students and awarding grades based on academic credit was added to the list of faculty responsibilities.� The change in Section 4.300 acknowledges the fact that Regent agenda items are now available electronically.� The right of the Association to address the Regents was clarified to exclude bargaining topics.� The dates for promotions and tenure applications were modified.� Faculty were given the right to participate on search committees for the Chancellor.� A new provision was added to allow interim changes and additions to be made to the collective bargaining agreement.� The Regent policy on tuition waivers for dependents was referenced. �The tentative agreement allows for exceptions to the limitation on the number of independent courses that a faculty member may teach in one year.� The only salary increase provided for, besides promotions, is a $500.00 increase effective January 1, 2005.


The faculty are expected to ratify the tentative agreement before the January Regent meeting.� If that doesn�t happen, this item will be withdrawn.� Assuming the faculty vote to ratify the tentative agreement, I recommend approval of the tentative agreement.