Board of Gover­nors ap­proves con­tracts

New agree­ments ap­proved for col­lege fac­ulty, coaches, nurses

The Boyertown Area Times - - COMMUNITY - Penn­syl­va­nia’s State Sys­tem of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion

The Board of Gover­nors of Penn­syl­va­nia’s State Sys­tem of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proved on Dec. 20 new col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ments with unions rep­re­sent­ing fac­ulty, coaches and nurses at the 14 sta­te­owned uni­ver­si­ties.

The Board also ap­proved a “wage re­opener” for cam­pus po­lice and se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, and a two-year merit pool for non­rep­re­sented em­ploy­ees.

The mem­ber­ship of each of the unions had pre­vi­ously rat­i­fied the agree­ments, all of which were ne­go­ti­ated sep­a­rately ear­lier this year. The new agree­ments in­clude an­nual salary in­creases for vir­tu­ally all cov­ered em­ploy­ees.

For fac­ulty and coaches, the agree­ments also in­clude health­care plan re­vi­sions de­signed to pro­duce cost sav­ings for the State Sys­tem while en­sur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of a com­pre­hen­sive pack­age of med­i­cal and pre­scrip­tion drug cov­er­age for the em­ploy­ees. Sim­i­lar re­vi­sions were made in Jan­uary to the State Sys­tem-ad­min­is­tered health­care plan cov­er­ing univer­sity health cen­ter nurses and cam­pus po­lice and se­cu­rity of­fi­cers, at the same time they were im­ple­mented for Sys­tem em­ploy­ees not rep­re­sented by a union, in­clud­ing the chan­cel­lor, univer­sity pres­i­dents and other ad­min­is­tra­tors and man­agers.

“Each of the new agree­ments bal­ances the Board’s de­sire to pro­vide in­creases in com­pen­sa­tion to our em­ploy­ees with the ne­ces­sity to achieve cost sav­ings for the uni­ver­si­ties and the Sys­tem,” said Board Chair Cyn­thia D. Shapira.

“We are pleased to have reached a suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion to this process and look for­ward to work­ing to­gether to en­sure our more than 100,000 stu­dents have con­tin­ued ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties that are of the high­est qual­ity at the best value for their in­vest­ment,” added State Sys­tem Chan­cel­lor Frank T. Bro­gan.

The new agree­ment with the fac­ulty union runs through June 30, 2018; the agree­ments with the coaches and nurses will ex­pire a year later.

The con­tract with the po­lice and se­cu­rity of­fi­cers ex­pires in Au­gust 2017. The sep­a­rate agree­ments be­tween the State Sys­tem and As­so­ci­a­tion of Penn­syl­va­nia State Col­lege and Univer­sity Fac­ul­ties (APSCUF) cov­er­ing fac­ulty and coaches are retroac­tive to July 1, 2015.

Un­der the terms of the agree­ment with the APSCUF-fac­ulty bar­gain­ing unit, fac­ulty will re­ceive two im­me­di­ate pay in­creases, one retroac­tive to the start of the spring 2016 se­mes­ter; the other, to the start of the fall 2016 se­mes­ter, which just con­cluded.

Fac­ulty still mov­ing up the pay sched­ule will re­ceive a salary in­crease of ei­ther 2.5 per­cent or 5 per­cent retroac­tive to Jan­uary; those al­ready at the top of the salary sched­ule will re­ceive a one-time cash pay­ment equiv­a­lent to 2.5 per­cent of their an­nual salary.

All fac­ulty will re­ceive an ad­di­tional 2.75% in­crease retroac­tive to Au­gust.

All fac­ulty also will re­ceive a 2 per­cent in­crease at the start of the fall 2017 se­mes­ter.

The agree­ment with the fac­ulty union also in­cludes a va­ri­ety of changes in con­tract lan­guage, in­clud­ing to that in­volv­ing the ap­point­ment of fac­ulty, per­for­mance re­views, re­trench­ment and dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion.

Coaches, who also are rep­re­sented by APSCUF, will im­me­di­ately re­ceive a 3 per­cent salary in­crease retroac­tive to the start of the just-con­cluded se­mes­ter.

In ad­di­tion, full-time coaches also will re­ceive a lump sum pay­ment of $1,500; and part-time coaches, $750.

They also will re­ceive in­creases of 2.75 per­cent in Jan­uary 2018 and 2.5 per­cent in Jan­uary 2019, plus will be el­i­gi­ble for ad­di­tional merit in­creases of up to 2.5 per­cent in both July 2017 and July 2018, based on per­for­mance.

Univer­sity health cen­ter nurses, who are rep­re­sented by the Of­fice of Pro­fes­sional Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union Health­care Penn­syl­va­nia (OPEIU), will im­me­di­ately re­ceive a 3.5 per­cent in­crease retroac­tive to Oc­to­ber, their first gen­eral pay in­crease since 2010.

They also will re­ceive in­creases of 2 per­cent in July 2017 and 2.5 per­cent in July 2018, plus ser­vice in­cre­ments av­er­ag­ing about 2.25 per­cent in Jan­uary 2018 and Jan­uary 2019.

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