Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for April 20, 2012

This recap details the fourth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and UAW.

Scope of Negotiations

UAW started by asking if UW had any proposals to submit, expressing that it takes the April 30 contract expiration date seriously.

UW replied that once UW Benefits has performed a cost analysis of UAW’s proposals and presented its results to both bargaining teams, it will be prepared to offer an accurate and informed response to UAW’s proposals.

UW voiced its confidence that if both sides embrace the collaborative bargaining approach that has benefited past negotiations between UW and UAW, bargaining should conclude in a timely and mutually satisfactory manner.

UAW stated that certain requests for information it submitted to the UW regarding details on its members have not yet been answered, and that some responses have been unsatisfactory.

UW apologized for any requests not yet fulfilled, and promised to continue compiling all requested information and to send it to UAW promptly. UW sought clarification on any responses deemed inadequate.

UAW cited specifically that personal information on ASE medical reports that it requested had been redacted, noting that this has presented a challenge to UAW’s negotiations planning.

UW explained that typically any redactions to documents reflect the University’s legal obligations to protect the privacy of students and employees through omitting confidential information, particularly with regard to medical information.

The next UW/UAW bargaining session is scheduled for April 23.