Non-Economic Contract Proposals
The language proposals are non-economic provisions in our contract to secure a work environment that is safer, more inclusive and equitable, and has clear policies for working procedures and resolution of workplace issues. These proposals will:
Outline clear job expectations and responsibilities for workers by:
- Requiring JHU to state all requirements, including working hours of TAs/RAs;
- Prohibiting discipline or discharge of employees without just cause;
- Ensuring we have high-quality mandatory training and professional development opportunities, including professional development leave;
- Requiring adequate office space, proper work tools, lab equipment, and supplies, intellectual property rights, and remote work rights.
Secure protections, benefits, and safety for all workers, including:
- Timely pay and reimbursement;
- Prohibiting discrimination due to race, gender, nationality, disability, and other protected classes;
- Physical space accommodations and accessibility standards, requirements for gender-neutral restrooms, spaces for lactation and religious practices, parental and medical leave, and regular DEI training for faculty in support of workers;
- Tangible improvements to parking, shuttle, public transit, & biking infrastructure;
- Requirements for physical health and safety of workspaces and procedures for handling violations of these requirements, including provisions for on-campus safety in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as well as through preventing the formation of the JHU private police force;
- Support for international employees to handle immigration matters including sufficient annual leave, remote work, and other accommodations;
- Increased efforts to offer international employees expanded opportunities through OIS, OPT/CPT opportunities, and visa sponsorship.
Assure clear procedures for resolution of workplace issues:
When the aforementioned standards are violated, we provide a clear and straightforward grievance procedure for resolving these issues. Through the grievance procedure:
- Union members have the power to disagree with JHU decisions, enforce the contract, and be protected from retaliation;
- Union representatives can be present at grievance meetings with the employee. This right promotes collective action and limits the risk of intimidation by JHU.