University of Maine System and faculty union reach a tentative agreement

Posted on November 18, 2013 in News
By Sidney Dritz

On November 15, the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine and University of Maine System came to a tentative agreement on faculty contracts which have been under negotiation since the expiration of the previous contract on June 30, 2011.

The contract negotiations, which have been stalled over numerous issues, notably healthcare and cost of living raises, have undergone a series of steps for arbitration by the Maine Labor Relations Board, culminating in September.

The new version of the contract, which is described as a tentative agreement on the AFUM website, will be voted on by the UMS Board of Trustees as the final item on the agenda of today’s Board of Trustees meeting at the University of Maine at Farmington. It will then be voted on by AFUM at the Dec. 7 meeting of the AFUM Bargaining Council.