Tuesday, August 28, 2001

UC limits negotiation to money

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        University of Cincinnati negotiators swept most faculty issues from the bargaining table on Monday, saying they would discuss only salary minimums, pay increases and benefits, the faculty's chief negotiator said.

        “That's never happened before,” continued John Cuppoletti, who leads the bargaining team for the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). “Short of a strike,” there is no way to get those issues back on the table.

        UC negotiators said they were obligated by law to discuss those issues, Dr. Cup poletti said.

        The AAUP board will meet today to draft its response.

        Non-economic issues include proposals aimed to prevent gender inequity, strengthen mediation between faculty and administrators, and study issues that part-time faculty face.

        UC negotiators will not comment and university spokesman Greg Hand said he could add nothing to Dr. Cuppoletti's characterization of Monday's negotiations.

        AAUP is asking for the rise in the Consumer Price Index plus 1.5 percent each year of the three-year contract. That would be 5 percent in 2001-02.


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