SUMMARY OF CONTRACT CHANGES
LOCAL 2178 – UAW (ADMINISTRATIVE/PROFESSIONAL)
2003 - 2006
In addition to reference, title, and various housekeeping revisions, following is an outline by article highlighting the substantive changes:
ARTICLE 1, GENERAL PROVISIONS
(Amended – Contract Printing): The contract will be available only in electronic format via the web.
(Amended - Funeral Leave): The definition of immediate family was revised to include stepfather-in-law and stepmother-in-law.
(Amended - Hospitalization and Medical Program): The University’s fiscal commitment improved. The budgeted average cost per bargaining unit member was adjusted 16.23% in the first year (from $6,612 to $7,685), 6.49% in the second year (from $7,685 to $8,184), and 6.00% in the third year (from $8,184 to $8,675).
The employee’s potential commitment also increased each year. The maximum employee contribution increases $100 in the first year (from $750 to $850), $50 in the second year (to $900) and $100 in the third year (to $1,000).
(Amended – Prescription Drug Program): New language taking effect December 1, 2003 was added that increases employee co-pays for prescription drugs as follows:
NMU Health Center - $5 generic/$10 nongeneric
Off Campus - $10 generic/$20 nongeneric
Mail Order - $10 generic/$20 nongeneric
(New – Same Sex Domestic Partner Benefits): New language taking effect January 1, 2004 was added to allow employees, who meet specific criteria, to purchase health benefits for their partner through payroll deduction.
(New – Walking Pass [Dome]): New language was added to provide a single walking pass at no cost to employees.
(Amended – Parking Fees): New language was added to provide one parking decal at no cost to the employee effective August of 2004.
(New – Taxable Benefits): New language was added that addresses the University’s compliance with state and federal laws regarding the taxability of fringe benefits.
ARTICLE 21, WAGES/ARTICLE 22, TERMINATION OR MODIFICATION
This is a three-year contract effective October 1, 2003 through September 30, 2006. Wage increases are as follows:
2004-2005 1% across the board
2005-2006 3% across the board
New language was added to provide for the formation of a joint union/management committee to explore the movement of bargaining unit employees along the salary schedule. The committee’s report will be issued to union and management bargaining teams for discussion and possible action in the subsequent contract negotiations.