Staff union reaches tentative agreement with STU

    The St. Thomas staff and administrative union will not strike. The administration and union reached a tentative collective agreement over the weekend that was drafted by the mediator, said union president Jennifer Burry.

    “It is a positive step,” said Burry. “We are very happy no job action had to be taken on either side.”

    The union membership will be voting on whether or not to ratify the tentative agreement on Feb. 9. Burry said the negotiating team is recommending the membership to ratify the tentative agreement.

    “Comparatively, in the strike vote, the team did not recommend to accept the final offer and the membership rejected the final offer,” said Burry.

    St. Thomas spokesperson Jeffrey Carleton said President Dawn Russell sent out an email letting staff and faculty know about the tentative agreement.

    “Some work remains with each party to finalize the language of the contract and prepare final versions for ratification,” said Carleton.

    “We are pleased and the president has indicated she is pleased that STUSAU indicated the recommendation to ratify to the membership. And senior admin of STU is prepared to recommend ratification by the board of governors.”

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