United Academics Unilaterally Declares Impasse, Fails to Offer Counter-Proposal (October 17, 2020)
The University of Vermont is deeply disappointed by United Academics’ decision to unilaterally declare impasse in contract negotiations. The union sat on the university’s most recent offer for seven weeks, it failed to provide a counteroffer, and failed to follow agreed-upon ground rules.
The union continues to insist on salary increases for its members that will amount to 13% over three years. The average base pay for a full professor’s 9-month appointment is $127,380.
This comes at a time when the majority of UVM staff and all administrators have taken pay cuts, including additional cuts to administrator salaries.
The university’s position is grounded in the budget reality it faces. While its finances are generally stable, the institution—like many others across the nation—is facing significant budget shortfalls. The union knows the increases it is demanding could lead to staff layoffs.
While the university is extremely disappointed in the union’s leadership, it is confident that the majority of the faculty also want their union to act in good faith. The university is hopeful that continued negotiations facilitated by a mediator will assist in resolving the contract dispute.