TO: Montana Board of Regents

FROM: Kevin McRae, Director, Labor Relations and Human Resources

RE: Approval of Tentative Agreement with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters

DATE: September 21-23, 2005

Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement reached with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. This bargaining unit consists of 24 plumbers in Missoula, Bozeman and Billings. The union-ratified tentative agreement includes revisions to the prior agreement.

Revisions include:

  •          Wage increases of 3.5 percent and 4.0 percent effective October 1, 2005, and October 1, 2006, respectively.
  •          Continuation the Dependent Partial Tuition Waiver.
  •          A four-year contract term, with a "re-opener" in 2007 solely for renegotiation of economic issues.

I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with the Plumbers and Pipefitters union.