Contract Ratification Information Meetings

Posted by Dan LaLonde | Negotiations,News | Friday 24 January 2014 4:38 PM

Schedule for campus
informational meetings

Monday, Jan. 27 – University of Southern Maine

Portland Campus -113 Masterton Hall; 12 noon – 1pm

Gorham Campus -201 Bailey; 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Tuesday, Jan. 28 – University of Maine at Presque Isle (videoconference w/UMFK and LAC)

Library Conference Room; 11am – 12:30pm

University of Maine at Fort Kent (videoconference w/ UMPI and LAC)

Nadeau Hall Alumni Room; 11am-12:30pm

University of Maine at Machias (videoconference w/LAC)

Powers Hall room 203 5:00


Thursday, Jan. 30 – University of Maine Augusta

Katz Room 5; 12 noon-1pm

University College Bangor (videoconference with UMA)

Bangor Hall Room 100; 12noon-1pm

University of Maine Farmington

Alumni Conference Rm – Alumni House; 4:30pm-5:30pm


Friday, Jan. 31 –      University of Maine

Memorial Union Building, Multipurpose Room; 12noon-1pm

Negotiations 2014 – U4

Posted by Dan LaLonde | News | Tuesday 29 October 2013 6:19 PM

October Update


Another update you say?  Didn’t we just have one?  Well yes however I promised at the end of the last update to send one out after our Oct. 21 session so here we are.  We met with the University as scheduled on Monday Oct. 21.  The University advised that they are still working on a couple of our data requests however they did give us data on one of our requests.  They also presented us with a slightly revised Health Care Plan proposal which we will be taking a closer look at and discussing as a team in the near future.  Unfortunately, the University’s revised proposal still has as its core provision an absolute cap on the UMS contribution to employee health care.

In terms of wage proposals, the UMS position is still a .75% increase to the wage schedule in year 1 of the contract and a 1% increase in year 2.  UMS has indicated that they will not be granting steps as in the past.  UMS’ current proposal is still to limit the amount of money for steps to 1% of the bargaining units salary cost.  What that means is that in UMS’s view only some employees would be eligible for steps, not all or even most.

We briefly discussed some of our other proposals however the UMS negotiators have taken the position that we have to come to an agreement on Health Care and wages before we can discuss other issues in a substantive way.

Tentative dates for our next negotiations sessions are Thursday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 13.

***Late coming news – the November Session has been canceled due to prior commitments.


Thank you all for your support,


Dale Kuczinski (Chief Negotiator)

Dina Goodwin-Short

Loni Levesque

Peggi Loveless

John Pavliska

Tim Pinkham

Cheryl Spencer

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