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ERIC Number: ED250781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Collective Bargaining Process: From Certification to Contract Ratification.
Shulman, Myra
This report outlines the process involved in establishing a faculty union at the English Language Institute at the American University in Washington, D.C. The English Language Institute Faculty Association (ELIFA) is one of the few units to be certified at a private university since the 1980 Yeshiva Supreme Court decision. During the beginning negotiation phase for the union, the university refused to recognize the union; at that point ELIFA filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board and had a labor lawyer handle the case "pro bono." When ELIFA won the petition it held an election and the majority of the members supported ELIFA as their representative bargaining agent. The union used a collaborative bargaining process emphasizing interests rather than issues with the university and came up with a mutually satisfactory contract agreement. The contract was unanimously ratified by the members and has 20 articles. Major nonfinancial contract gains include grievance procedures, a union security clause, paid sick leave, and seniority rights. Major financial gains include a 13 percent wage increase for full time teachers, proportionate summer pay, and a 40-65 percent increase in the hourly pay rate. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American University DC; National Labor Relations Board