Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for May 4, 2012

Tentative Agreement Reached

The UW and UAW reached a tentative final agreement for a three-year contract on the evening of Friday, May 4, 2012. The agreement provides for the following new provisions to the existing collective bargaining agreement:


Key Leadership Initiative – Competitive Wages: The University will align ASE base salaries with the median base salary of UW’s Global Challenge States peer group. ASEs will receive annual wage increases, beginning July 1, 2013, for the duration of the three-year contract as follows:

  • Salaried, Non-variable: ASEs on a non-variable wage scale will receive an annual percentage wage increase toward matching the Global Challenge States median by July 1, 2015, or a four percent raise, whichever is greater each year.
  • Salaried, Variable: ASEs on a variable wage scale that are already paid above the Global Challenge States median will receive an annual wage increase of at least two percent, or any departmental raise, whichever is greater.
  • Hourly: All ASEs on an hourly wage scale will receive a two percent raise each year.

One-time Pay Supplement: All salaried ASEs holding an eligible appointment during the 2012/2013 academic year will receive a $50 lump sum payment.

Insurance Programs

UW agreed to preserve the current GAIP plan for the coming year, absorbing the rising premium costs, and will do so each subsequent year for the duration of the contract, accounting for up to a six percent annual inflation increase.


UW agreed to increase its commitment to ASE childcare expenses by $10,000 for fiscal year 2013, and will increase this by $2,500 each subsequent year for the duration of the contract.

UW and UAW will recommend this agreement to their respective constituents for approval and ratification.