Today we met for another remote bargaining session with University HR. Everybody called in from home with no technical problems! 

At this session, we presented UM counter offers on salaries, leave policies, and employee training. HR asked questions on these counter offers, and we had a constructive conversation about how these counters address our concerns. We await a response on these counter offers. 

We also received counters from UM on our proposed language for the arrest and felony disclosure proposal. While the proposal does not address all our concerns, over the discriminatory impact of the policy and our unique position as students and employees, we had a useful conversation on the shortcomings of their counter offer. This was a big step in the right direction—they are hearing us, and we will keep pushing. We are optimistic that HR is listening and understanding our concerns, but we hope to see this translated into contract language. 

Finally, we received the University’s counter offer on our child care proposal, which rejected our proposal for supplemental  leave. The team was disappointed by this counter proposal, given discussions we had previously had. 

The next bargaining session is taking place Monday. 

Bargaining Update 3/18/20