Description of Bargaining Committee Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the committee is to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (contract) with the University administration’s team. Election to the committee obligates each member to represent and fight for the best possible contract for all members of the bargaining unit.
According to our bylaws Art. 9 the Bargaining Team shall consist of nine (9) members, including four members of the Executive Board and 5 Bargaining Team Representatives elected by the entire membership.
The committee will be trained and assisted by experienced negotiators from the Union who will also participate in the negotiations with the University. See below for specific responsibilities.
- Develop initial bargaining goals for ratification by union supporters across campus, using surveys, other relevant contracts, membership feedback from other sources, etc.
- After ratification of initial bargaining goals, develop and present contract language proposals to the University bargaining team for negotiation.
- Attend negotiating sessions with the University and Union internal caucuses or meetings in order to advance our bargaining agenda.
- Assess, analyze and respond to university bargaining proposals and develop union counter proposals.
- Keep the membership and allies informed and educated about the negotiations and the process.
- Coordinate with the organizing committee, working groups, and other activists on a strategic campaign to win a strong contract that can be recommended for ratification.
- Make a recommendation to the membership on whether to approve a contract or take other actions (e.g. a vote to authorize the committee to authorize strike action if necessary).
Committee members should assume that the time commitment will be significant. Note that the schedule of bargaining itself is subject to negotiation with the University.