College: Union claims are misleading-A A +A
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
THE Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) refuted claims by the HCDC-Faculty Union (HCDC-FU) that it has ceased negotiating with the school management for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The HCDC, in a statement emailed to Sun.Star Davao, also accused the HCDC-FU of engaging in unfair labor practice for going public on the negotiation.
The management issued on Tuesday an official statement in response to the declaration of the HCDC-FU that its members may mount strike after negotiations between the two parties allegedly failed.
Rev. Msgr. Julius C. Rodulfa, HCDC president, said he was compelled to issue a statement because some points raised by the union, through its president Socrates Ruel Luayon, were "false and misleading."
"The reason why the HCDC management did not issue a reply when asked to do so by the media early on was to preserve the sanctity of the conciliation proceedings," he said.
He said the union has allegedly engaged in Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) “for not having bargained collectively in good faith” after publicly disclosing things that supposed to be discussed only between the union and the management before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB).
Luayon earlier said the union has “given up negotiating with the school management and have already put the decision to go on strike vote.”
This after the management allegedly would not give in to their demands, which is rooted on how the incremental proceeds from the tuition increases should be distributed to the teachers.
Rodulfa said the union is actually still negotiating with the management for the new CBA.
“In fact, after a series of conciliation proceedings, the parties, that is, the HCDC Management and the HCDC-FU, have reached agreement on 53 provisions for the new CBA,” he said.
The school president also claimed that to tell that the HCDC is a non-profit institution and so the distribution of the incremental proceeds is 80-20 in favor of the school personnel is misleading.
“The 10 percent allocation of the incremental proceeds which by law belongs to the school management had been given up in favor of its school personnel, a generous act of HCDC Management early on until the present,” he said.
“HCDC is one of the few colleges in Davao which has given up on its 10 percent share on the incremental proceeds of the school tuition fee income in order to improve its school personnel’s salary and benefits which apparently is not understood and not well-appreciated by some sectors within the school community,” he added.
Luayon said the management has reduced the share of for the teachers’ salary increase from the incremental proceeds from 26 percent to only 21 percent.
However, Rodulfa claimed the previous agreement in the CBA that 26 percent of the 80 percent of the total incremental proceeds from tuition increase would go to the basic salaries of the HCDC-FU was “superseded and abandoned by the parties when they renegotiated the economic provisions of the CBA which became effective on June 1, 2010 until May 31, 2012.”
“Be that as it may, the absolute amounts that the HCDC-FU has been getting by way of salary increase upon the implementation of JESS are more than the previous HCDC-FU’s share in the incremental proceeds,” Rodulfa said.
“HCDC, in particular, has to achieve, in the spirit of its vision-mission, a delicate balance of greater access to quality yet affordable education to our youth and, on one hand, the demand of its personnel for higher pay. This balance is difficult to act upon with the relatively low tuition fees HCDC is offering to poor and deserving students to gain access to quality education, yet its school personnel have enjoyed salaries and benefits at par, if not, higher than what other schools are giving their school personnel,” he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 26, 2013.