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Letter to the UNH Community: Rebuttal of AAUP

March 24, 2010

To:     The UNH Community

From: Candace Corvey
          Chief Negotiator, UNH Negotiating Team

Re:     American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
          Message of March 22, 2010

Date: March 24, 2010

The written exchange of views about negotiations that the AAUP leadership characterized in its March 22, 2010, statement as a “slow motion debate” is necessary because the AAUP’s written pronouncements require immediate factual response. Since they continue to decline President Huddleston’s offer to co-host a series of open forums upon receipt of the Fact-Finder Report, I offer the following on behalf of the UNH administration and negotiating team: 

  1. As a matter of fact, the cost of living in the Boston Region - as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – declined by 1.7% from July, 2008 to January, 2010.  According to the BLS, the Boston Region covers the Boston Metropolitan area, encompassing “Boston-Brockton-Nashua; MA-NH-ME-CT”. This is the BLS Region most aligned with where UNH faculty reside. The Northeast Urban Region adds New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in with the New England states. From July, 2008 to January, 2010, the cost of living in the Northeast Urban Region declined by 0.9%.

  2. By pointing out that its last salary offer prior to mediation was contingent on agreement by 6/30/10 and no state rescission, the university is in no way defying its commitment to bargain in good faith. The university has made its position on retroactivity very clear to the AAUP, which is as it should be. Both parties take positions, both parties have certain issues on which they determine they cannot concede, and in the end a new contract can only be achieved through mutual agreement.

  3. As a matter of fact, the annual cost impact to the university of the differential between the parties’ current proposals, beginning in FY11, is $2.2 million.

We look forward to the report of the independent, mutually-chosen fact-finder and to working energetically with the AAUP to reach a fair and principled settlement by the end of June or sooner.

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