University of Cincinnati Contract Clears Last Hurdle

The University of Cincinnati AAUP chapter membership and the university's board of trustees both voted overwhelming to ratify a new three year contract. “This contract is a step in the right direction. As UC moves into its third century, much work remains if our university is to attract and retain the quality faculty necessary to compete as a top research and teaching university," AAUP-UC President Greg Loving said.

The agreement came after eleven and a half months of bargaining. For months, the gulf between the administration’s proposals—which amounted to a “give-back contract”—and chapter proposals was huge. Most contentious was the administration’s plan to double, triple, or quadruple faculty health care costs, depending on salary level. Over the last two weeks, however, the dam finally broke in no small part due to a planned board meeting protest, part of an escalating public pressure campaign, and fruitful discussions began at a rapid pace. The agreement includes:

  • Across the board increases of 1.25 percent the first two years of the contract and 1.5 percent the final year.
  • Compression adjustments each year of .25 percent per year of service up to 12 years.
  • Merit pools of .5 percent salary in the first year, to be determined by Deans; 1 percent in the second and third years, to be determined by faculty.
  • Minimum salary increase of 7 percent across the life of the contract.
  • Additional increases on regional campuses of 2 percent per year.
  • Increases in health insurance premiums by 25 percent in the second and third years of the contract and some increased costs in co-pays.
  • A joint union management committee to design and implement a paid parental leave policy by June 2015.
  • A new system for awarding faculty development funding and a 50 percent increase in funding in the second and third years of the contract.
  • Provisions for extending the tenure clock for faculty with substantial responsibility for caring for newly born or newly adopted children.

“Throughout this campaign, our chapter has made major strides,” said Greg Loving, UC-AAUP chapter president.  “We have gained experience in effectively using the media to make our priorities known in a way the public can understand. We have also refocused the conversation at UC on the core academic mission in an atmosphere of limited resources.”

Publication Date: 
Monday, February 24, 2014