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UNI faculty union files complaint against Board of Regents

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- The union representing faculty at the University of Northern Iowa has filed a complaint against the Board of Regents. 

UNI United Faculty filed the Prohibited Practice Complaint with the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board.

In the complaint the union contends that the Board of Regents didn't negotiate salary reductions in good faith and provided "misinformation".

They claim the Board of Regents sought reductions in faculty salaries even though they had exclusive knowledge that UNI would likely get about $5 million in supplemental state appropriations.

Cathy DeSoto, President of United Faculty, says, "It is difficult to have effective bargaining when one party does not share key information they have with the other side of the table."

The union says that the original supplementary appropriations bill was recorded February 3, 2010, just six days after United Faculty signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Board of Regents that temporarily reduced faculty salaries by $520,000.

The Memorandum of Understanding, effective January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010, guaranteed no layoffs and no increases in faculty teaching loads.

The average salary cut for faculty members was $929.

According to the union, they received a letter on April 30, 2010 received a response from the Board of Regents attorney expressing "the Board's intent to refuse to pay back the salary cuts to the faculty".

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