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Trustees approve contract with faculty union

The University of Toledo Board of Trustees approved Monday a new contract with the union representing UT’s faculty members.

Members of the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), which represents the University’s tenured and tenure-track faculty and lecturers, ratified the collective bargaining agreement April 9.

The new contract is effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2022. The current contract was set to expire June 30, and negotiations began in January.

“Our faculty is key to providing students a high-quality education that leads to successful careers and meaningful lives,” UT President Sharon L. Gaber said. “This contract affirms our commitment to recruiting and retaining the best teachers and researchers in our classrooms and in our community. I would like to thank AAUP leadership and all faculty for their strong spirit of collaboration and dedication to our University.”

“The proposed tentative contract has been overwhelmingly approved by the UT-AAUP membership. This time around negotiations were handled in a noticeably smoother and more efficient manner than has been the case in past years,” said Dr. Harvey Wolff, UT-AAUP president and professor emeritus of math. “The primary issues were economic, with faculty receiving raises over the life of the contract, while on the other hand, there were some increases in faculty health-care costs. Altogether, we are pleased that we were able to reach agreement on a reasonable contract that will guide us over the next few years.”

The agreement includes tiered pay raises for union members. In the first year, individuals with a salary greater than $100,000 will receive a 1 percent wage increase; faculty members who make between $75,000 and $100,000 will receive a 1.5 percent raise; and those who make less than $75,000 will receive a 3 percent wage increase. In the second year, faculty members who make less than $75,000 will receive a 2 percent raise and all others will receive a 1.5 percent wage increase. The final two years of the contract include a 2 percent wage increase each year for all members.

The bargaining agreement also includes changes to health-care contributions and contract language regarding qualifications for sabbaticals and tenure and promotion to align with Ohio law.