UP unions score wins for UP faculty, REPS & staff

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion and AUPAEU National President Melania Flores hold up the signed copies of the CNA. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UPMPRO.

For the unions safeguarding the well-being of the University of the Philippines’ faculty, research, extension and professional staff (REPS), and administrative staff, the year 2021 ends with wins and milestones for the concerned sectors of the University.

Grant of CNA Incentive

The two unions—the All UP Academic Employees Union (AUPAEU) and the All UP Workers Union (AUPWU)—with the help of all the faculty, REPS, and administrative staff across the UP System, have successfully signed an agreement with the UP administration for the grant of Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) Incentive amounting to P25,000.00, which the UP Board of Regents has approved through a referendum conducted on December 17 to 21, 2021.

Memorandum No. NGY 21-184, released by the UP Office of the Vice President for Administration (OVPA) on December 22, details the guidelines on the grant of the CNA Incentive for the Fiscal Year 2021.

According to the memorandum, those covered by the agreement are:

  • All regular full-time and part-time UP faculty, REPS, and administrative staff who have rendered at least a total or an aggregate of four months of service as of December 15, 2021;
  • those whose services have been extended beyond compulsory retirement at age 65 as of December 15;
  • and those who were separated from the University within the year and had rendered at least four months of service.

For details, please read the guidelines on the AUPAEU’s Facebook page

The CNA Incentive is granted to UP faculty, REPS, administrative staff, and officials as an act of goodwill and recognition of joint efforts to accomplish performance targets at lesser cost and attain more efficient and viable operations during the year. The CNA Incentive will be sourced from the allowable savings of the University’s Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) allotment under the General Fund, following the Department of Budget and Management’s Circular No. 2021-3 dated November 17, 2021. The savings became available due to cost-cutting and system improvement measures undertaken collectively by the University and its personnel, as the unions and the UP administration agreed to in a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Other benefits won

During the signing of the CNA and MOA between the AUPAEU and UP President Danilo L. Concepcion for the UP administration on December 3 at Quezon Hall, Dr. Melania L. Flores, National President of the AUPAEU representing UP’s rank-and-file faculty and REPS, announced the benefits won by the union and will be received by both AUPAEU members and non-members.

Some of the non-economic benefits include sick leaves and special leave privileges; health and safety requirements; scholarship/study privileges for relatives of faculty and REPS without children; on-campus and off-campus housing facilities; medical assistance for retiring and retired employees; and constitution of grievance procedures and provisions for supporting REPS’ well-being. Economic benefits include a rice subsidy of P2,350 in four tranches; a year-end grocery allowance of P8,400 annually; a loyalty incentive award of P10,000 for the first ten years and P5,000 for every five years; and an annual incentive grant of P6,850 in two tranches.

The AUPAEU after the signing of the CNA. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UPMPRO.

Flores also stressed the union’s support for the fight for the UP budget and reported making strides in this area, such as raising the budget for the MOOE of the UP Philippine General Hospital.

The union is also offering its support for other public sector unions in the country. “Ang UP bilang national university ay modelo sa usaping akademiko. Gusto din natin ang UP na maging modelo sa public sector unionism, kaya tayo ay nangunguna din sa public sector unionism,” Dr. Flores reiterated during the signing.

UP and UP Diliman officials and officials and members of the AUPWU stand before the AUPWU’s new office. Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UPMPRO.

New home for AUPWU

Aside from the signing of the grant of the CNA Incentive, the AUPWU, representing UP’s administrative staff, also made milestones this year, including the blessing of a new central office for the national union in what was once the UP Alumni Hostel in the Diliman campus, behind Fonacier Hall and beside the Benitez Alumni Center, on November 30—the same day the agreement for the grant of CNA Incentive and the MOA for the cost-cutting measures was signed between UP and the AUPWU.

The national union, including the AUPWU chapter of UP Diliman, was forced to move as its old building was demolished in the construction of the new Shopping Center. AUPWU National President Jossel Ebesate credits the work of his predecessor, Mr. Alex Mejia of UPLB, as well as the support of the UP Diliman administration and the sponsorship of the ACT Partylist, as instrumental in securing the union’s new home.

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