BGSU administration, union announce contract agreement

The administration and faculty union have just issued this joint statement:
March 30, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share that the University and the BGSU Faculty Association- AAUP have completed negotiations on our second collective bargaining agreement which, when ratified by both BGSU-FA members and the BGSU Board of Trustees, will cover July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019.

As shared in previous joint communications on the bargaining process, both the University and BGSU-FA are committed to producing a fair contract that supports the broader mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service at BGSU. Both teams worked collaboratively and in good faith over the past year to achieve this goal. We elected to use the Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) approach, which allowed us to reach joint solutions on recommended changes to this proposed successor collective bargaining agreement that met the interests of both parties. The IBB approach allowed us to work collegially to find creative consensus solutions that addressed the issues each party hoped to address.

The proposed 2016-2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement between Bowling Green State University and the BGSU-FA will be distributed shortly. The timeline for both parties is to conduct the ratification vote by BGSU-FA members the week of April 18-22; assuming ratification, the Collective Bargaining Agreement would be submitted to the BGSU Board of Trustees for their review and approval at the May 6, 2016, meeting.

We extend our thanks to members of both bargaining teams for their hard work over the past year to bring us this proposed contract that we both believe will help us to continue building stronger relations between the University and the BGSU-FA to support the success of BGSU now and in the future.

Regards,

Mary Ellen Mazey
President

David Jackson
BGSU-FA President

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