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Week of 7 November 2003· Vol. VII, No. 11

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Strike averted
Local 615, Universitysettle new contract

By Tim Stoddard

After a marathon negotiation session that went into the wee hours of October 31, the University and the union representing about 660 Buildings and Grounds workers reached agreement on a new contract, averting a strike that would have begun on November 1. Workers in Local 615 of the Service Employees International Union will receive a 9.5 percent raise over the next three years, and BU has agreed to reduce the cost of health-care benefits for workers who enroll in the BMC Preferred Health Plan or the new Tufts Premium Health Plan, which was not previously offered.

“ We were very pleased to reach this agreement,” says Manuel Monteiro, associate vice president for human resources. “The employees covered by Local 615 are, and always have been, valued members of the community. With this agreement we keep them at or among the highest paid employees in their fields among area colleges and universities.”

The University will add 25 cents to the base hourly pay of the approximately 450 custodians in Local 615 before computing a 3 percent increase for this year, followed by 3.25 percent and 3 percent raises in the second and third years. The more contentious issue centered on the share of health-care costs covered by the University. Previously, BU provided 66 percent of the cost for all health plans offered; the union asked that the share be increased to 75 percent. Under the agreement, one of the existing plans, BMC Preferred, and the new Tufts plan will be available with a 75 percent employer contribution. The others will continue to be available with a 66 percent employer contribution.


7 November 2003
Boston University
Office of University Relations