April 2012 Issue
March 19, 2012

Short takes: Clerical, technical workers win contract

Source: NYSUT United

Workers at New York University, who railed against a proposed plan that would have frozen salaries and significantly hiked health-coverage costs, have ratified a new contract.

The Clerical and Technical Unit, a NYSUT private university local known widely as UCATS, voted 454-102 in favor of the new deal, which is retroactive to Nov. 1.

UCATS is led by Stephen Rechner, a member of the NYSUT Board of Directors.

The agreement, good for six years, will provide annual raises and maintains affordable health insurance for the unit's 1,450 members.

Despite successive years of multi-million-dollar profit at the school, NYU administration had proposed an initial contract that would have frozen wages and raised health insurance costs as much as 27 percent.

In response, UCATS members waged an active and vocal campaign against the administration's offer, showing a united front over a four-month battle during which they fought for a fair contract.