Labor Relations

Collective Bargaining Principles

The University’s principles and goals for collective bargaining will support our mission as a comprehensive higher education system serving Alaska through instruction, research, and public service. In all our collective bargaining relationships, we will focus on achieving our mission by emphasizing the importance of quality, individual and institutional accountability, efficiency, flexibility, unity and diversity, and our work environments. We recognize that all our collective bargaining activities must occur within the constraints of our fiscal resources.


Expand the University’s expertise in a broad range of academic disciplines, while concentrating on research and public service in academic areas related to our geographic location, demographic and cultural characteristics, and major economic sectors.

Enhance the University’s ability to recruit and retain the highest quality faculty and staff by providing competitive compensation packages that provide for merit and that reflect appropriate labor markets for different faculty and staff groups.



Ensure that appropriate standards and measures are used to continuously improve all educational activities, including instruction, research, and public service.

Expect all faculty and staff groups to work together toward achieving the University’s goals and insuring the long term success of our community within our fiscal constraints.

Account for and assign all costs incurred in contract negotiation and administration.



Improve access and graduation rates through higher instructional productivity, improved teaching and learning, enhanced academic support activities, and appropriate administrative structures.

Pursue opportunities for improving academic quality through more productive, efficient, and cost effective delivery of educational services.



Strengthen the University’s ability to respond to the changing educational goals, needs, conditions, and opportunities of Alaskans.

Structure courses, academic programs, and administration to maximize the appropriate use of instructional technologies, distance education, and self-paced studies.

Expand collaboration among the campuses of the University and with other institutions for richer and more efficient program offerings.



Enhance the University’s special mission in community and vocational education.

Improve integration of our baccalaureate and graduate programs while supporting appropriate specialization on particular campuses.


Work Environment

Pursue opportunities for maximum possible collaboration with faculty and staff groups.

Foster work environments that support professional development and mutual respect.

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