BGSU faculty file unfair labor charge PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:35
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File photo. BGSU faculty members make their feelings known over their lack of a contract during a BGSU board of trustees meeting on September 28th, 2012. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Bowling Green State University Faculty Association Monday filed an unfair labor practice charge against the BGSU Board of Trustees and the university administration.
“The reason for this filing is straightforward: the administration has violated state law by unreasonably delaying and refusing to give the Faculty Association basic information, including information about benefit plans,” Chief Negotiator Candace Archer wrote in an email sent to members late Monday afternoon.
Archer said law requires this information be provided so that the union can make proposals on benefits.
“Finalizing a mutually beneficial contract with the BGSU-FA is a top priority for Bowling Green State University, BGSU spokesperson David Kielmeyer said this morning. “The university has been negotiating in good faith and will continue to do so. In keeping with our agreement with the BGSU-FA to negotiate at the bargaining table and not through the media, we cannot comment further on the negotiations,” he said.
Archer said “We would prefer to settle this issue without resorting to a ULP charge because these hearings can be lengthy and divert our attention away from finishing this contract, but the information is required to make accurate proposals and write fact-finding briefs. We have received assurances for months that the information is ‘in process’ or ‘we’ll have it next week’ and we have waited patiently.”
Archer also informed membership that the BGSU-FA will make the administration’s proposals available to members. Until now the union had agreed to keep the proposals private. For legal reasons only members can receive the proposals.
“I have been receiving messages from faculty who have been told by administrators that the FA’s communications are lies, and that we are misrepresenting the Mazey Administration’s proposals on post-tenure review, promotion, tenure and reappointment, salary and benefits, and many other issues. To put to rest these accusations, I have consulted with our attorney on the issue of releasing the administration’s proposals to our members,” Archer wrote.
Archer also said BGSU-FA has openly shared its proposals, which are available at http://bgsu-fa.org/wp/bargaining/.
 

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