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Stoppage ends at New York University.

A 3 -week work stoppage that disrupted registration of students for the fall semester ended when New York University and the United Staff Association agreed on a 3-year contract for 1,500 secretaries, receptionists, and clerks. The institution, the Nation's largest private university with 47,000 students and 15,000 employees, claimed that it was able to maintain more-or-less normal operations during the stoppage by shifting other employees into the vacant jobs and by hiring 200 temporary employees. The Association, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, disputed the claim, asserting that much of the work by the substitutes was unsatisfactory because they were not familiar with procedures.

The union's major demand was for special wage adjustments to eliminate a claimed $2,000 disparity between the $17,500 average salary of employees in the bargaining unit and that of other New York University employees in comparable units. To some extent this disparity was alleviated by an immediate wage increase of 5.5 percent for all employees in the unit, accompanied by a guarantee-benefiting lower paid employees -that the increase would be at least $20 a week. Similarly, in September 1989, all employees in the unit will receive the same yet-to-be-determined wage increase as all other university employees and those earning less than $385 a week- an estimated 60 percent of the 1,500 workers-will receive an additional $4.37 a week. The contract, which was retroactive to the September 1988 expiration date of the prior contract, incorporated the 5.5-percent wage increase that all university employees had received at that time.

The contract also cut the workweek to 35 hours, from 37.5, increasing the possibility of overtime work at premium rates; and provided for increased pensions and reduced service requirements for some benefits.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Nov 1, 1988
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