Unionized faculty at Harris-Stowe State University say administrators have declared impasse in labor negotiations and are giving the professors a final, take-it-or-leave-it offer. Professors and their allies in organized labor say they are planning a “silent stand-in” to protest the move when the university’s board of regents meets today. Missouri law prohibits state university employees from striking.
The president of Harris-Stowe’s chapter of the National Education Association said the 45 full-time faculty members in the union haven’t had a general raise in six years, although some have received salary bump-ups when promoted.
The union and the university have agreed on a 2 percent raise for this year, followed by a 1 percent raise next year. They’ve agreed to keep current benefits. But nonfinancial issues still divide the negotiators.