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ACT-UAW–Part-Time Faculty Successor Contract Negotiations Update: Mediation Session 1

On the afternoon of December 1, The New School and Local 7902 met for their first session with a mediator. We are pleased that the union affirmed its willingness to participate in mediation following earlier university requests for it during the bargaining process.  

The mediation was held over Zoom from 2:00 PM until approximately 5:00 PM with mediator Bill Domini from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the nation’s largest public agency for dispute resolution and conflict management. We have worked with Commissioner Domini before, in connection with a different set of union negotiations, and look forward to working with him once again.

Since many aspects of mediation are confidential, we are not at liberty to divulge all of the content of the session, but based on the day’s discussions, the university and the union have agreed to return to meditation on Friday, December 2 beginning at 9:00 AM.

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