Thursday, April 2, 2020

The University of New Hampshire and UNH Lecturers United-AAUP have reached agreement on a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) through June 30, 2022. The details of the agreement were agreed to in early March and it was formally ratified by the executive committee of the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees and the union in late March.

“The negotiating teams have been working for many months to reach agreement on a number of important issues and this settlement allows us all to put the focus where it belongs, on our students and their continued academic success in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Catherine Moran, lead negotiator for the union, and John Wallin, lead negotiator for the university. “We believe this is a fair settlement and look forward to continuing to work together.”

The approximately 200 lecturers at UNH are contract faculty, many of whom have dedicated their careers to UNH and whose primary focus is teaching. This new CBA addresses a number of topics, including leaves of absence and performance review and promotion, that continue to make the workplace more attractive for these valuable employees. The new leave of absence policy assures continuity for both lecturers and their students if there is a need for them to be absent from the classroom. In addition, the agreement makes the evaluation and promotion process more transparent and efficient.