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MYTH: The Montana University System should be allowed to actively participate in negotiations between MPEA and the State of Montana.

FACT: If the Montana University System (MUS) joins the State of Montana in negotiating with MPEA on behalf of two distinctly separate bargaining units, the MUS may be considered to have forfeited their constitutional rights as a separate public employer. One of two outcomes are probable in this scenario:

  • The Montana University System could hope to impact salary negotiations for all State of Montana employees in a manner which meets the unique needs of University System employees;
  • The Montana University System could concede that salary issues and other conditions of employment are similar to those of all other State of Montana agencies and thus, one negotiated agreement is acceptable for all entities.

Human Resource Services

Emma B. Lommasson Center
Room 252

The University of Montana

Missoula, MT 59812

Phone: 406-243-6766

Fax: 406-243-6095