Negotiations between University of New Hampshire and its professors hit impasse over raises, health insurance
December 2, 2010
Direct contract talks between the University of New Hampshire and its professors have broken down amid disputes about salary and benefits, both sides announced Monday.
The two sides said they had reached an impasse and would meet with a mediator today to begin the next phase of negotiations toward a new, three-year contract. The current one-year contract was approved in June and expired at the end of that same month after taking effect retroactively. A new contract would likely be retroactive, too.
UNH and the labor union representing about 630 professors cannot agree on raises or health insurance premiums, as has been the case in previous negotiations. The university is proposing a 6.5 percent pay raise, more than half of which would be merit-based, along with a 2 percentage point increase in how much professors pay for their health insurance and additional cash payments to offset any premium hikes.