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Union Negotiations

Teamsters Local Union 8

Penn State is currently in contract negotiations with Teamsters Local 8 — which represents about 2,500 technical service employees across the University. The current contract will expire on June 30, 2024. Penn State and the union began meeting in joint session on May 2 and are engaged in the bargaining process. University leaders are optimistic that a fair and competitive agreement will be reached.

June 12, 2024 Bargaining Session Recap

The parties met today and had productive discussions on proposals related to sick leave, work schedules, overtime, holidays, and Intercollegiate Athletics.

May 30, 2024 Bargaining Session Recap

The University responded to the union’s proposals on schedules, temporary transfer, and severance. The University also offered an initial wage proposal which provides for the following wage increases:

  • July 1, 2024 – 2%
  • July 1, 2025 – 2%
  • July 1, 2026 – 2%

This initial offer is intended to move the parties toward reaching a fair agreement. For context, the wage increases agreed to by the parties in the existing 2021-2024 contract were:

  • July 1, 2021: 2.5%
  • July 1, 2022: 2.5%
  • July 1, 2023: 2.0%

In addition, the union and the University discussed continuing a project to update how jobs are evaluated and assess the need for market increases in certain jobs. The union gave counterproposals on holidays, work schedules, parking and overtime.

The next full bargaining session is scheduled for June 13.

May 29, 2024 Bargaining Session Recap

Discussions today primarily centered on healthcare and other benefits. The University presented the union with a proposal offering two health insurance cost options based on the actual usage of employees and their dependents in the union health plan.  The first option retains the current percentage of salary contributions for the first year of the contract, with plan design changes (to co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance that people pay when they use their health benefits) that align with those available to staff employees. This option also includes modest contribution increases in the second and third years of an anticipated three-year agreement. The second option keeps the existing plan design (including co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance that people pay when they use their health benefits) and increases the percentage of salary contributions. Additionally, the University presented a proposal related to parking rates to the union.

May 21, 2024

Bargaining session canceled by union representatives.

May 20, 2024, Bargaining Session Recap

The University responded to several items proposed by the Union on the first day of negotiations and made proposals specific to scheduling in ICA and the grievance procedure. The Union amended their original contracting out proposal. The University also responded to the Union’s earlier wage proposal of:

  • 36% increases over 3 years
  • up to 50% in additional market adjustments on top of the 36% wage increases
  • cost of living adjustments
  • more than triple rate increase to shift differential
  • Increased on-call rate and revised hiring rate
  • $3000 ratification bonus

University representatives indicated that Penn State is committed to negotiate a contract with across-theboard increases for employees and exploring market-based wage adjustments as well. However, the union’s proposal is not realistic, and the University asked the union for a more realistic proposal that demonstrates that the union is interested in reaching an agreement on wages.

Union representatives ended negotiations for the day and canceled the bargaining session scheduled for May 21, 2024.

May 9, 2024

Penn State and the union agreed to not meet in joint session on this day.

May 2, 2024, Bargaining Session Recap

On May 2, 2024, representatives from the University and Teamsters Local 8 convened in State College to begin negotiating for a new contract. The union began the session by reviewing their wage proposal:

  • 36% increases over 3 years
  • up to 50% in additional market adjustments on top of the 36% increases for all employees
  • cost of living adjustments
  • more than triple rate increase to shift differential
  • Increased on-call rate and revised hiring rate
  • $3000 ratification bonus

Several technical service employees invited by the union as well as the union’s bargaining team spoke at the start of negotiations. They shared their experience working for and commitment to Penn State, with many sharing the pride they feel in supporting our students. Some also spoke about economic challenges they have faced and shared that they are interested in increased wages. The Union and Penn State exchanged formal proposals on numerous other topics including: overtime, holidays, the contracting out of work, supervisory functions, and work schedules. In addition, Penn State made proposals focused on addressing barriers within the existing contract that prevent the assignment of work to technical service employees and proposed new contract language to provide for training for technical service employees and positions as well as employee recognition programs.