TO: Board of Regents

 FROM:  Sue Hill, Director, Labor Relations and Personnel

RE: Approval of Memorandum of Understanding with Montana University System Maintenance Painters Union 

DATE: March 25-26, 2004


Attached is a memorandum of understanding with the Montana University System Maintenance Painters Union (Painters). The Painters represent 17 employees at UM-Missoula, MSU-Bozeman, MSU-Billings and Montana Tech. The memorandum only addresses changes to the prior agreement. The entire agreement can be viewed on line at

No negotiations meetings were held with the Painters. In light of the pay freeze the parties opted to simply roll the prior agreement over for additional two years. Employees were given a 25-cent per hour increase effective January 1, 2005. The Regent policy granting a partial tuition waiver benefit to eligible dependents in FY 2005 was adopted. All other contract provisions remained unchanged.

The bargaining unit has already voted to approve the memorandum of understanding. I recommend the Regents approve the memorandum at their March meeting.