The union representing SUNY faculty and other professionals is looking for a raise for its 32,000 active members as part of its contract proposal to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, according to an overview posted on the union’s website.
United University Professions’ initial proposal to Cuomo’s office seeks to establish “competitive and equitable salaries” for its full-time and part-time employees, and keeps health care rates where they were in the union’s previous contract, which was struck with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s administration in 2007 and expired earlier this year. (Under the Triborough Amendment, the terms of the contract remain in effect until a new deal is struck.)
While the document doesn’t include specific figures, increasing compensation and keeping health care rates flat would be in contrast with the deals struck with leaders from the state’s two largest public employees unions. The state Civil Service Employees Association approved a five-year contract that froze pay for three years and increased employee health insurance contributions, while the rank-and-file members of the Public Employees Federation rejected the same deal last month.
It doesn’t contain a specific date (other than “2011”), but negotiators for UUP and Cuomo’s office began meeting in late August.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the contract overview was meant to be posted to UUP’s website. Spokesman Don Feldstein declined to discuss the specifics in the document because of the union’s policy of not negotiating in the press, but said it contained a general overview of the chapters in the union’s current contract that it wants to negotiate with the state.
Feldstein said the union’s negotiating team met with the Cuomo administration yesterday, and had meetings scheduled for next week, as well.
Also included in the PDF is an Aug. 26 document showing four areas of the union’s current contract the state wants to negotiate: compensation, health insurance, the duration of the deal, and “Deficit Reduction Leave” (read: furloughs).
That would put the negotiations in line with both CSEA and PEF. In addition to the pay freeze and health insurance hike, CSEA’s contract and PEF’s rejected deal spanned five years (instead of the traditional four) and included nine furlough days, though four days would be refunded by the end of the contract.
(Like the UUP proposal, the document doesn’t include specific figures being sought by the state.)
Here’s the document, which is still available on the UUP site: