TO: Montana Board of Regents

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

RE: Approval of Tentative Agreement with the Montana State University - Billings Faculty Association, MEA-MFT, NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO

DATE: September 21-23, 2005

Attached is a summary of the tentative agreement reached with the Montana State University - Billings Faculty Association. This bargaining unit consists of about 140 faculty members at MSU-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.

Other revisions were for clarification and/or contract housekeeping.

I recommend approval of the tentative agreement with the MSU-Billings Faculty Association.