Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bargaining update #1

Collective bargaining negotiations between NFA-CSN and CSN Administration commenced Monday November 7th, and the second session took place Monday November 14th. At the first sessions, the teams expressed their goals for the bargaining process.

The NFA-CSN bargaining team sees these negotiations as an important opportunity to positively transform CSN. A good contract will boost faculty morale and enhance recruitment and retention, thereby promoting a quality teaching environment. It will also strengthen shared governance.

The CSN Administration team expressed their commitment to good faith bargaining.

At the first sessions, items discussed included ground rules, and NFA proposals on Recognition, Grievance Procedure, Arbitration, and Non-Discrimination. These items, briefly described:

Ground rules: After some discussion, a standard set of ground rules appeared agreeable to the teams. NFA proposed open-attendance negotiating sessions, so that faculty who wish to may observe proceedings in-person.

NFA proposal on Recognition: formally acknowledges CSN Administration's recognition of the results of the collective bargaining election.

NFA proposal on Grievance Procedure: establishes a method for enforcing the contract. The method proposed by NFA is a standard procession of appeals up through the chain of command, with the final step being arbitration. NFA feels strongly that to ensure fairness it is necessary for the final step to be judgment by a neutral third party in the form of an arbitrator.

NFA proposal on Arbitration: establishes the details of the arbitration process, with the process following common practice in academic collective bargaining contracts.

NFA proposal on Non-Discrimination: establishes a non-discrimination policy similar to CSN's Non-Discrimination Policy, additionally including protections against discrimination based on NFA membership or activity.

The CSN Administration team received the NFA proposals, listened to our thinking, and asked questions. We anticipate their responding to our proposals at subsequent sessions.

NFA is generally pleased with the beginning of bargaining. We recognize that this is a new process for CSN, that everyone at the table is finding their footing, and that there is a long road ahead of us. We remain confident that the final result will be to the benefit of faculty, students, and CSN as an institution.

Comments and feedback may be directed to: dsteel@nevadafacultyalliance.org