August 9, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
August 8, 2023 

University of Ӱԭ, Proposed Graduate Student Union Reach Settlement on Bargaining Unit 

FAIRBANKS - The University of Ӱԭ (UA) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) today signed a settlement agreement  concerning which students are eligible to be part of a proposed graduate student Ӱԭ union. The agreement  certifies a bargaining unit made up of graduate student Ӱԭs and triggers a union election sometime later this fall. 

The agreement is the result of two days of mediation. The UAW originally sought to include some undergraduates and staff Ӱԭs in the graduate student bargaining unit, and the university opposed their inclusion. After reviewing the  parties’ briefing, in July, the Ӱԭ Labor Relations Agency (ALRA) excluded undergraduates from the unit; following the  two days of mediation, UA and UAW agreed to exclude staff Ӱԭs as well.  

UA’s goal has always been to ensure that the unit is both functional and compliant with Ӱԭ law. The University  believes this settlement with the proposed unit meets those standards. 

Now that a bargaining unit has been agreed to, the next step in this process will be an election sometime in the fall. UA  and the UAW are awaiting further instructions from the ALRA regarding when and how an election will be conducted,  and the university will provide follow-up information as it becomes available. 

The University of Ӱԭ is a land-, sea- and space-grant system of higher education established in 1917. The UA System's  three universities (UAA, Ӱԭ, and UAS) are separately accredited institutions with campuses and extended learning  centers across the state of Ӱԭ. The University of Ӱԭ is overseen by the Board of Regents, an 11-member volunteer  board established through the Ӱԭ Constitution, and responsible for University of Ӱԭ policy and management  through the university president. 

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For more information, contact: Jonathon Taylor, UA director of public affairs at jonathon.taylor@alaska.edu, or 907-350-0168.