[Blueboard] CBA Administration Panel Releases an Open Letter to the Ateneo Community

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Fri Jan 5 10:29:47 +08 2018


*January 5, 2018*



*To our Ateneo Community, *



Greetings of Peace and Understanding to all.



You must all know by now that on December 21, 2017, the Ateneo de Manila
Employees and Workers Union (AEWU) filed a Notice of Strike. The Union
freely distributed an open letter on January 3, 2018 on campus, and
mobilized some union members during their lunch break to participate in
concerted activities outside the perimeter of the University on January 3
and 4, as well.



This letter is addressed to members of the Ateneo Community – students and
parents, employees and alumni – who are all stakeholders in this matter. We
remain committed to continue negotiations in good faith and are happy that
the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) of the Department of
Labor and Employment (DOLE) has again called both parties to a conciliation
conference before Conciliator-Mediator Hacelfeo T. Cuares today, January 5,
2018 at 10:00 a.m.



However, we wish to clarify some points contained in the *Union’s letter to
the Ateneo Community distributed on January 3, 2018.*



1. *THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE UNION*: The AEWU consists of 246 members as of
June 1, 2017. They include maintenance service, food service and technical
service (laboratory and audio-visual technicians) staff plus those
individuals whose memberships were approved in their personal capacity (29
office staff).



With the actual total number of non-academic staff at 714 and the actual
total number of employees at 3,109 as of October 2017, union members
comprise 34.45% of non-academic staff, and equivalently 7.91% of the entire
employee population.



2. *AMOUNT AVAILABLE FOR WAGES AND BENEFITS*: As per DepEd D.O. 15, s.
1992, CHED M.O. 14, s. 2005, and CHED M.O. 08, s. 2012, 70% of the total of
the Tuition Incremental Proceeds (TIP) FROM ANNUAL TUITION FEE INCREASE
SHOULD BE SPENT FOR THE WAGES AND BENEFITS OF ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE SCHOOL.
This amount is projected at about PhP87+M for FY 2017-2018 and PhP94+M for
FY 2018-2019.



As defined by DepEd D.O. 15, s. 1992, the basis for allocating this amount
shall be the salary ratio (i.e., the resulting percentage coming from the
salaries of AEWU members over the total salaries of all employees of the
University).



The Union’s letter points to the University’s Net Income (General Fund) for
funding wage increases. However, the balance of the General Fund (per
Statement of Assets Liabilities and Fund Balances) consists mainly of
“Restricted for Property and Equipment”. In fact, for fiscal year-end 2017,
the “Not restricted” or available portion of the General Fund is a negative
PhP26M (as shown in Note 12 of the 2016-17 Audited Financial Statement, a
copy of which was provided to the Union panel).



3. *DEMANDS OF THE UNION*: The amount demanded by the Union is about
PhP40,684,586.00 for FY 2017-2018 and another PhP45,563,395.00 for FY
2018-2019. For the two-year period, this would comprise around 47% of what
is earmarked for the whole University. For the remaining two-year period of
the five-year CBA, AEWU demands PhP85+M for 246 AEWU members, leaving
PhP96+M for the rest of the employees of the University --- for 2,863
employees.



4. *ADMINISTRATION’S COUNTERPROPOSAL*: Contrary to AEWU’s claim, the
University increased its initial offer of 4.72% of TIP to 5.91% of TIP (PhP
5,178,067.00) for Year 4 and 5.39% of TIP (PhP5,119,617.00) for Year 5 in
the last conciliation conference held on December 21, 2017.



5. *COMPLIANCE WITH NEW MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE*: As of this time, only 14
AEWU members receive minimum wage as they are new employees and their
salaries have been adjusted accordingly in compliance with the new minimum
wage.



Furthermore, the average monthly salary of AEWU members is over
PhP27,000.00.  Some 58% of AEWU members have salaries between PhP20,001.00
and PhP40,000.00, and 4 AEWU members (with 30 years of service or more)
earn more than PhP88,000.00/month.



6. *DATE OF CBA EFFECTIVITY*: What is in force and in effect until a new
CBA is agreed upon is stated in the Agreement signed on December 19, 2014.
The Agreement states that effectivity is from April 1, 2014 up to May 31,
2019 and that if the CBA is not settled within six months from the date of
expiry (*NOTE: This date falls on May 31, 2017, for economic and social
provisions*), the effectivity date shall be subject to negotiation and
arrangement by both parties.



Also, as agreed upon in the Final Approved Ground Rules signed by both
parties on July 25, 2017, the “*Date of effectivity will be discussed
during the negotiation proper*”.



We hope and pray that this clarifies matters raised in AEWU’s open letter.
Again, the University reiterates that it has been negotiating in good faith.





(SGD.) Fr. Jose Mario C. Francisco, S.J. – Chairperson, CBA Administration
Panel

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