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Union Update

The University of Alaska has completed posting the Notice of Petition in UA buildings. This was required once ASEA met its 30 percent  showing of interest through the submission of signed representation cards to the Alaska Labor Relations Agency (ALRA).  On July 27, UA formally notified the ALRA that posting had been completed. That date marked the beginning of a 15-calendar day period in which to submit any objections to the composition of the bargaining unit, the conduct of the election or to file any interventions.

After the 15-calendar day period concludes, there will be a scheduled pre-election conference between the Alaska Labor Relations Agency, the University of Alaska and the union. At that conference, the parties will discuss election dates and other issues concerning the upcoming representation election.  Once election dates are agreed upon, UA  will remove the Notice of Petition postings and will post the Notice of Election, as supplied by ALRA. 

More information will be provided concerning the upcoming election as soon as it is available.

Are you in the proposed bargaining unit?

The Notice of Petition has been posted at all offices, campuses and outreach sites and it lists all the job classification titles in the proposed unit. If you are unsure of your job classification or are unsure if you are considered a manager, and therefore not in the unit, please call the Labor Relations department at 450-8230 and they can look to see if you are in the proposed unit.

Make sure your address is current

In preparation for the upcoming election, the university encourages you to update your mailing address with your MAU's human resources department. ALRA will  mail election ballots to the address currently in Banner. If you are not a Banner user, your departmental cost center clerk or personnel and payroll assistant should be able to check the mailing address that is listed in Banner for you.  If your mailing address is not current or accurate, please update it with your MAU human resources department.

FAQs and union election information

Many questions have arisen in the past few months about the union organizing effort. The Labor and Employee Relations department has created FAQs to help answer some of the questions and concerns that have arisen during the union organizing process.  READ FAQs

Wednesday Webinars

The Statewide Office of Human Resources will continue to offer webinars on certain Wednesdays of the month.  Many of the webinars topics were chosen based upon requests by departments or by individual employees across the University system.     

The training calendar an be found at www.alaska.edu/hrtraining and includes the following webinars:

  • July 28 @ 12:00 pm – Personal Finance 101
  • August 4 @ 11:00 am – The Confident You:  Taking Charge of Your Life
  • August 25 @ 11:00 am -  Becoming a Team Player
  • September 1 @ 11:00 am – Stress:  A Way of Life or a Fact of Life
  • September 15 @ 11:00 am – Enhancing Personal Safety

The webinars are generally 45 minutes in length and are open to University of Alaska employees system-wide.  There is no charge to attend a ComPsych webinar, although supervisory approval is needed if the webinar takes place during the employee’s work hours. Employees may join these webinars from their desk, using a computer and telephone to join the audio via a toll-free number. 

Don’t forget to register in advance to ensure you receive a reminder and the webinar handouts.

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Sakumoto at (907) 786-1432 or via email at assakumoto@alaska.edu

UA Health Link

Keep up-to-date on current wellness benefits and be inspired by healthy lifestyle tips through the UA Health Link. This online newsletter provides monthly updates on IHP programs, wellness breaks, current incentive programs and more. If you missed this month's issue, read it HERE.

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