GET-UP Bargaining Committee Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of the committee is to negotiate an initial collective bargaining agreement with the university administration’s team. Election to the committee obligates each member to represent and fight for the best possible contract for all members of the bargaining unit.

It is crucial that bargaining committee members continue organizing and remain in close contact with members of the organizing committee during the negotiations process. The following are the unique roles and responsibilities of bargaining committee members.

The committee will be trained and assisted by experienced negotiators from the Union who will also participate in the negotiations with the university. See below for specific responsibilities.

  • Educate oneself and lead working groups that develop and move articles through the negotiations process.
  • Develop initial bargaining goals in collaboration with leaders and union members for ratification using surveys, relevant contracts, membership feedback, etc.
  • After ratification of initial bargaining goals, develop and present contract language proposals to the university bargaining team for negotiation.
  • Attend negotiating sessions with the university and Union internal caucuses or meetings in order to advance our bargaining agenda.
  • Assess, analyze and respond to the university’s bargaining proposals and develop union counter proposals.
  • Keep the membership and allies organized and educated in relation to negotiations.
  • Coordinate with the organizing committee, working groups, and other activists on a strategic campaign to win a strong contract that can be recommended for ratification.
  • Make a recommendation to the membership on whether to approve a contract or take other actions (e.g. a vote to authorize the committee to call for strike action if necessary).

Committee members should assume that the time commitment will be significant. Note that the schedule of bargaining itself is subject to negotiation with the university. Bargaining meetings could happen as infrequently as once per month or as frequently as multiples times per week.