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SU, SUFA sign new CBA

Ray Chen S. Bahinting | Editor-in-Chief

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between Silliman University Faculty Association (SUFA) and Silliman University (SU) administration was finally signed last Aug. 3.

All seven issues have been resolved after one year and two months of conciliation mediation between the two parties that even lead to a strike.

According to Jan Antoni Credo, SUFA president, “Although we were not able to get the amount that we were asking, but (the amount we have settled for) was for the best interest of the university.”

Among in the improvements of offer based on the new CBA is the retirement benefit of the faculty which was raised from 31 to 31.2 days hence the retirement now is 1.04 months. Instead of the P38,000

Instead of the P38,000 one-time bonus as demanded by the faculty for 2016, the administration gave P18,000.On the across the board or

On the across the board or monthly salary increases of the faculty, P500 plus additional P500 allowance was given for 2017. The initial demand of the faculty union was P1,500.

For 2018, the union and the administration agreed to have P1,600 increase on top of their monthly salary. The
initial demand was P2,300.

“Our faculty would have an increase of P2,100 after the third year (excluding the one-time bonus),” said Atty. Sheila Lynn C. Besario, chief negotiator for the administration panel.

From P63 million initial package offer, an P11 million was added after the negotiation. Now, there is a total of P74
million faculty package. The improvement in the offers was based on the actual enrollment.

“That is the reason why we increased our offer without compromising the sustainability of the university,” Besario added. From the start of the

From the start of the negotiations, around one year ago, the figures were based on projections.

“We are sure that what we have in the current CBA can be sustained. So really it is a win-win solution,” she said.

On the other hand, Credo said that he believes that whatever is in the new CBA will serve the best interest of the university.

Credo said: “There were concessions. There were movements in the part of the administration; there was also movement in the part of the union. (They improved, we reduced).

“The fact that they were able to improve the retirement which was the most contentious issue, which is the reason
why the union agreed.”

The initial demand for retirement benefit was 1.5 and the union said they would have wanted to settle at 1.1.

“But we he have thought that this is not the end. In two years’ time, we will be negotiating for a new CBA. So we will fight another day,” Credo added. “Sa

Sa ako ng gi-ingon, dili man kini matapos. The CBA is a living document. And padayon kini nga pagasabutan in the
next how many years samtang buhi ang university,” he said.

As what I have said, this doesn’t end. The CBA is a living document. And it will continue to be revised in the next how many years while the university exists.

Moreover, Besario said that the historic negotiation of SUFA and administration was not easy.

“It took us more than one year. So we’ve invested a lot and we talked about the issues and I’m glad the now we finally sign the CBA,” she said.

“Hopefully, all of the issues were resolved and all of the emotions that went because of the strike are now over and done with and now we have the CBA. We can rest easy,” Besario added.

The SU administration and SUFA will negotiate again in 2019 for the fourth and fifth year of the CBA.

On the other hand, the liquidity reserves of the university amounting to at least P200 million remains intact.

The liquidity reserves are saved by the university since 2012 from its surpluses for disaster preparedness and risk reduction purposes.

“We are hopeful that it will serve its purpose. Naa siya kung magkinhanglan ta,” Besario said.

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