On February 3rd and 4th, at the union’s request, negotiations were held in the presence of a government appointed arbitrator. At these last two bargaining sessions, the parties discussed monetary matters. At the February 4th meeting, the union rejected the University’s proposal to increase on January 1st of this year the value of a “standard” contract (39 contract hours) from $7,200 to $7,600 and to guarantee bringing it to a minimum of $8,000 on January 1st, 2018.
Since the parties were unable to agree on the remaining issues, they asked that the arbitrator impose a ruling or judgment on all unsettled matters brought to the table, including monetary issues. The arbitrator will present a calendar of upcoming sessions. This could lead to hearings lasting up to a year before rendering a decision.