Barnard workers approve new contract
We told you last night that negotiators for United Auto Workers Local 2110 had reached a tentative contract agreement with Barnard administrators. According to an email to students from Barnard President Debora Spar, union members voted to approve that contract this morning.
The new contract lasts three years, meaning we won’t be seeing another labor dispute at Barnard until 2015 at the earliest. Union leadership had said that Barnard originally proposed a three-year wage freeze, and many students rallied for the union’s cause. Spar said that the new contract “represents a grounded and fair compromise.”
Read Spar’s email after the jump, and check back later tonight for a full breakdown of the new contract from the News Desk.
Dear members of the Barnard community,
As you may have heard, Barnard and UAW Local 2110 have reached a tentative contract agreement for a three-year term, retroactive to July 1, 2012. The contract was ratified by a vote of the union membership today, and will be finalized upon approval of Barnard’s Board of Trustees. We believe that the agreement represents a grounded and fair compromise, and addresses our mutual goal of ensuring that Local 2110 members are fairly compensated and supported for their hard work and dedication.
I want to thank the valued members of the negotiating teams, who spent a great deal of time poring over details, balancing concerns, and discussing the many issues at hand with fairness and integrity. The history and tradition of collective bargaining is long and rich, and it is gratifying to see that the process worked as it should. The many conversations that occurred across campus, involving union members, administrators, students, faculty and staff, enriched the formal discussions and served as a testament to the dynamic and thoughtful community that is Barnard.
I look forward to continuing our efforts on behalf of the College.
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