BUE, Temple Reach Agreement
Temple University and the Brotherhood of University Employees have agreed on a four-year contract that provides a 2 percent across-the-board wage increase and a one-time payment of an additional 1.5 percent ratification bonus the first year and a 3 percent across-the-board increase in each of the following three years.
The membership of BUE, Local 612 of SEIU, AFL-CIO, ratified the agreement on Nov. 6.
The BUE bargaining unit represents approximately 260 housekeepers, grounds workers, drivers, AV operators, mail carriers and storeroom clerks.
"These employees provide Temple with services that often occur in the background but that are essential for the University to offer high quality education, research, and campus-life experiences," President David Adamany said in announcing the four-year agreement, which expires Sept. 30, 2008. "We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that recognizes and values the hard work of our BUE employees and also acknowledges the financial constraints facing the University."
Beginning in the first year of the contract, the University will increase its contributions to the Union's Defined Contribution Pension Plan by 0.75%.
Beginning in the second year and in each year thereafter, there will be increases in the employee contribution toward health-coverage premiums.
Among its other provisions, the new contract provides access to Temple's newly designed Employee Assistance Program scheduled to launch Jan. 1, 2005; increases the probationary period for new employees from 90 to 120 days; abbreviates the grievance procedure to two steps; and establishes an expedited arbitration procedure.