Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Campus unions ratify new collective bargaining agreements

Collective bargaining units representing U-M workers have announced that union members have ratified new agreements with the university. Tentative agreements were reached over the last few weeks.

In each case, the university achieved meaningful cost savings and operational gains during good-faith negotiations, said university spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald.

In each case, portions of the contracts were renegotiated to reach new agreements. Savings will vary over the life of each contract. Union ratification was the last step in the process.

Agreements were reached with these bargaining units:

• AFSCME, 2,400 employees. A four-year agreement runs through June 30, 2017.

• Graduate Employees' Organization, 1,800 employees. A four-year contract runs through May 1, 2017.

• House Officers Association, 1,100 employees at the U-M Health System. A four-year agreement runs through June 30, 2017.

• Lecturers' Employee Organization, 1,500 employees. A five-year agreement runs through April 20, 2018.

• Michigan Nurses Association, 4,200 employees at the U-M Health System. A five-year agreement runs through June 30, 2018.