For the last month there have been workers posted at the entrance to the University of Rochester with a large banner decrying unfair labor practices . . . here
from The Campus Times
, is why:
UR, Labor Unions Resume Contract Negotiations Today
By Leah Buletti · Published on October 08, 2012 11:24 AM
Negotiators on behalf of UR and the Service Employees International Union will meet today to discuss terms of a new labor agreement after talks stalled on Sept. 28. A federal mediator called for discussions to resume Monday.
Discussions for a new contract for 1,800 UR service workers at the UR Medical Center (URMC) and the River Campus began in August. The current contract, which expired on Sept. 22, has been extended twice while talks continue.
Union members say that most “non-economic issues” have been resolved, but issues including wages, education benefits, child care support and health insurance are still being contested. In particular, union members say they are aggrieved with a proposal to eliminate the current health benefits fund and replace it with an inferior and more costly health plan.
The news that talks would resume Monday comes as the service workers said last week that they would begin to picket URMC and various other campus locations beginning Oct. 12.
For expanded coverage and developments on this story look to our print edition, which will resume publication on Oct. 18.
I tend not to comment too much here on happenings on-campus, but the administration has recently pushed back on a set of employee benefits for non-unionized employees. The union deserves support.
Labels: Labor, Unions, UR