UMPSA is the collective bargaining agent for the professional staff of the Universities of Maine System. Our mission and purpose includes promoting the professional welfare of the members of the University of Maine System Professional Staff by improving salaries, job security, retirement systems and other conditions of employment including those for professional research and scholarship so as to attract and retain highly qualified professional staff.
Contract Ratification Results: February 4, 2014
Voting has concluded on the tentative contract. The result of the vote was emailed to members earlier today. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a member, but didn't get the email update.
Negotiations Update: January 17, 2014
UMPSA is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on our 2013-2015 contract. The details of that agreement were emailed to members earlier today. Email email@example.com if you are a member, but didn't get the email update. Only dues-paying members can vote on the contract. If you are not a member and would like to be able to vote, you'll need to join UMPSA before we mail out ballots which will happen next week. For information on joining, click on the "Join" tab at the top of this page.
Negotiations Update: August 12, 2013
As you know, your bargaining team has been hard at work preparing and negotiating for a successor collective bargaining contract. While we are in the early stages of negotiations, the bargaining team felt it was important to let members know the positions of the University at the start of the process.
The University from the outset of negotiations stated that their intent was to present a package proposal that would allow the parties to settle the contract quickly. Unfortunately, the University’s actions do not match its words. Despite the recent sacrifices of employees and the willingness of the Association to work collaboratively on health care issues, the University has decided that the employees need to sacrifice more.
Specifically, the University has made the following “package” proposal to UMPSA:
July 1, 2013- .75% increase
July 1, 2014- 1% increase
These salary increases are contingent on drastic changes to the health insurance benefit currently offered.
The exact words from the University’s proposal are:
“The proposed July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014 increases are contingent on the parties coming to a final agreement on the overall resolution of the contract in sufficient time to allow for any health plan modifications, wellness initiatives, or employee contribution adjustments necessary for the employer contribution to healthcare to increase no greater than 4% effective January 1, 2014. The offer of .75% and 1% increases are based on savings anticipated from such agreement and its implementation. UMS reserves the right to modify its July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014 wage proposals should agreement not be reached in sufficient time to achieve the anticipated savings.”
What does all this language mean? It means that the University is only willing to give meager raises if employees agree to absorb all the costs necessary to keep the employer’s health insurance increase to 4% or less. The potential cost increases to you are unlimited.
Under the University’s proposal, employees would be forced into a combination of reduced benefits (increased co-pays and deductibles, restrictions on procedures, greater restrictions where services are provided etc.), increasingly restrictive and intrusive “wellness initiatives” and/or increased employee contributions; all in order to cap the University’s contribution.
An absolute cap on the University’s health care contributions can only mean one thing;
Drastically increasing costs for YOU!
In addition to the cap on health care contributions, other proposals from the University for health care and retirement are vague. One thing is clear, the proposals envision moving toward the University having total control over all major decisions having to do with health insurance and retirement rather than having health insurance and retirement being subject to negotiations.
The message from the University of Maine System through their initial proposal to UMPSA employees seems clear to the UMPSA negotiations team. The message from UMS is:
You cost too much and you need to get cheaper!
Your Negotiations Team,
Jennifer Perry, Chief Negotiator, UM
Neil Greenberg, UMPSA President, UM
Leslie Guerrette, UMPSA Vice-President, UMFK
James Bradley, USM-LAC
Tod Detre, UMA
Brian Perkins, UM
Susan Robinson, USM-SWS
Cindy Trimm, UM
John Bracciodieta, MEA Uniserv Director
UPDATE: July 17, 2013
UMS and UMPSA Reach Agreement on Some IT/Procurement Restructuring Issues
UMPSA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UMS which covers how seniority will be handled for IT and Procurement employees who were involuntarily reassigned to University Services The details of that agreement were emailed to members today via the members-only listserv. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a member, but didn't receive that email.
UPDATE: July 2, 2013
UMS IT/Procurement Restructuring
As most of you are aware, the University has undertaken a massive restructuring of both the IT and Purchasing departments. This involves the centralization of these functions out of the System office in Bangor, with many employees in these two departments maintaining their positions on the individual campuses, and others having their jobs eliminated or relocated
Those of you affected by these changes recently received letters from the System office. As expected, these letters provide few specifics. What they do, however, is leave many employees wondering how this will actually work and what is the ultimate fate of their job. Issues, including but not limited to, seniority, making people apply for the “new jobs” that are created as their existing jobs are eliminated, and relocation of positions have many employees worried, and rightfully so.
UMPSA has requested to meet with UMS HR to discuss areas of concern, and as many of the issues are subject to the bargaining process, these meetings will include some members of the Executive Committee and the entire Negotiating team. We will do the best that we can to preserve jobs, seniority, etc.
What we need from you – the affected employees - is to know what are your concerns and questions . Our initial meeting with UMS is scheduled for July 10th, so please forward your questions and areas of concerns to me by Sunday, July 7th. We will not be able to address everything, but would like to gather as much information as we can to be able to start pressing for answers.
The following UMPSA members have been appointed to the 2013-2015 Contract Negotiation Team: