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Bargaining! The Regents want to cut our benefits: FIGHT BACK

February 21, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

UPDATE: We wanted to give some information about the event! You will remember we ratified the Regents’ offer already. They also did not bargain in good faith. So we will continue pursuing legal action to try to secure our benefits that way.

Meanwhile, because the Regents refused to ratify their own offer and protect our benefits, the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) has ordered us to restart negotiations. So we will have:
-an initial proposal by the union and by the Regents’ lawyers and UI administrators: both are open to the public, and this will let us see whether the Regents will try to change our benefits from the get-go
-a bargaining session where we meet jointly with the Regents bargaining team
-mediation where a PERB representative will go between the union and the Regents’ representatives

So there will be, especially at the beginning, plenty of opportunity to participate! You are especially encouraged to ask questions during the initial proposals. Bargaining sessions can be an eye-opening experience, too. You should feel to bring work to do!
Come to our bargaining session on February 21st! A number of our contract benefits have become permissive topics of bargaining. That means if the Regents don’t want to talk about those topics, we cannot legally force them to.

Hours of work, for example, is a permissive topic. So if we do not get them to agree to keep our hours of work in the contract as is, then the Regents could take out hours of work from the contract. Then they would be legally capable of DOUBLING your hours while paying you the same wage.

We want a BIG turnout for this event so we can pressure them to NOT CUT our benefits under such permissive topics! JOIN US and help us fight for the well-being of all graduate workers!

This will likely last hours. Past sessions have gone until midnight. We encourage you to attend whenever you can and for as long as you can! You can bring work to do, too. But we want to show the Regents folks are FED UP with their stalling. We want answers about our benefits, and we want them now!


February 21, 2017
2:30 pm - 6:00 pm


UE Local 896 – COGS
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University Services Building, Room 302
1 West Prentiss Street
Iowa City, IA United States
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