ITEM 127-131-R0505


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


FROM:������������� Kathy Crego, Director

Labor Relations and Human Resources


RE:������������������ Approval of Tentative Agreement AFSCME Local 441, MSU Livestock and Range Research Laboratory at Miles City


DATE:�������������� May 19-20, 2005

Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement reached with AFSCME Local 441, which includes 15 employees at Montana State University Livestock and Range Research Laboratory in Miles City, Montana.� The tentative agreement was ratified by members of the bargaining unit and includes modifications made to the prior agreement.� The entire collective bargaining agreement is available at the Montana University System web site.


Major changes include:

         Wage increases in accordance with HB 447�3.5 percent and 4.0 percent effective October 1, 2005, and October 1, 2006, respectively.

         Continuation the Dependent Partial Tuition Waiver.

         Four-year term of contract, wage only opener in 2007.


Other modifications were made for reasons for clarification and/or contract housekeeping.


I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with AFSCME Local 441.