Bargaining Committee

Election Notice
Bargaining Committee Responsibilities
Election Rules


Bargaining Committee Election Notice

NOTICE OF NOMINATION AND ELECTION FOR THE UNION BARGAINING COMMITTEE
(up to seven [7] positions)

August 26, 2018

Nominations are hereby declared open for the University of Connecticut Postdoctoral Researchers Union Bargaining Committee (up to seven [7] positions): All eligible Union supporters [any University of Connecticut Postdoctoral Research Associates who are currently employed by the university] who have signed a union authorization card are automatically nominated for the Bargaining Committee.

The bargaining committee will have up to seven members.

Any eligible Union supporter who wishes to accept the nomination for one of the seven (7) Bargaining Committee positions listed above may accept nomination by submitting in writing a statement of acceptance to the Recording Secretary of the Elections Committee no later than 5pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by e-mail to [email protected].

Go to our website for details about the responsibilities of bargaining committee members.

Candidate statements
Each candidate may write and submit a candidate statement of no more than 500 words. These statements will be posted on the postdoc union website if there are contested elections.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to submit the candidate statement. All candidate statements must be received by the time nominations close at 5pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, to the Recording Secretary of the Elections Committee at [email protected]

Election Dates, Times and Locations
In the event that the number of eligible candidates who accept nomination for the specified position do not exceed the number of open positions (up to seven [7] positions), such candidates will be deemed elected by acclamation and no election will be held.

If more than seven people accept nomination, an election will be conducted with the top seven (7) vote getters being elected.

Elections would take place on Monday, September 17 at the following time and location.

Student Union Building, outside of the graduate student lounge, from 9am-5pm

A run-off election, in an event of a tie for the seventh position, will be held on Monday, September 24, from 9am to 5pm. The location will be announced if necessary.


Union Bargaining Committee Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the committee is to negotiate an initial collective bargaining agreement with the University administration’s team. Election to the committee obligates each member to represent and fight for the best possible contract for all members of the bargaining unit.

To accept nomination and be elected to the bargaining committee, you must have demonstrated support for the union by signing a union authorization card and be employed in a bargaining unit position. The committee will be trained and assisted by experienced negotiators from the UAW who will also participate in the negotiations with the University. See below for specific responsibilities.

  • Develop initial bargaining goals for ratification by union supporters across campus, using surveys, other relevant contracts, membership feedback from other sources, etc.
  • After ratification of initial bargaining goals, develop and present contract language proposals to the University bargaining team for negotiation.
  • Attend negotiating sessions with the University and Union internal caucuses or meetings in order to advance our bargaining agenda.
  • Assess, analyze, and respond to university bargaining proposals and develop union counter proposals.
  • Keep the membership and allies informed and educated about the negotiations and the process.
  • Coordinate with the volunteer organizing committee, working groups, and other activists on a strategic campaign to win a strong contract that can be recommended for ratification.
  • Make a recommendation to the membership on whether to approve a contract or take other actions (e.g. a vote to authorize the committee to invoke interest arbitration if necessary).

Committee members should assume that the time commitment can be significant but will vary week by week and is flexible. Note that the schedule of bargaining itself is subject to negotiation with the University.


Election Rules

The following is a guide to electioneering in accordance with UAW and Local 6950 procedures:  

  • Neither Union nor Employer funds may be used to promote the candidacy of any candidate in a union election. This prohibition applies to cash, facilities, equipment, space, vehicles, office supplies, copy machines, etc. This includes the funds/resources of any and all unions or employers. Union supporters may not campaign on time paid for by the Union or the Employer. Employees of the UAW or Local 6950 may not campaign on time paid for by the UAW or Local 6950. Employees may not campaign on time paid for by the University of Connecticut or another employer.  
  • Candidates may request to inspect (not copy) the list of union supporters once prior to election. No candidate may receive a copy of the list or copy information from the list. To arrange an inspection of the list, send an email to the Local 6950 Election Committee at [email address].  
  • Candidates may have one observer at each of the polls for the duration of the election. Candidates must identify their observer(s) prior to the election by emailing [email address].  
  • Campaign literature, print or electronic, may not use images commonly associated with the Union or the Employer (e.g., the UAW wheel, Local 6950 logo, UConn logo, etc.).  
  • No electioneering is allowed within [25 feet] of the polling places.  
  • Supporters may campaign for the candidate(s) of their choice without being subject to penalty, discipline, or reprisal of any kind.