Tentative Agreement Reached:
For the past six months, our clerical bargaining committee repeatedly heard from the University administration that they had budgeted only 0.5% for raises for clerical workers, that two weeks of paid parental leave was sufficient for our families, and that they weren't interested in discussing, much less addressing any of our other priority issues. Finally, yesterday brought a breakthrough.
Management's committee came to the table yesterday, December 10 with proposals to address our top priorities and our need for raises and respect. Yesterday afternoon, our clerical bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement with the U of MN, and we are recommending approval by our membership.