Talks for new CBA in Angeles school deadlocked

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ANGELES CITY—Talks for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the union and management of the Holy Angel University (HAU), one of the biggest private schools in Central Luzon, have reached a deadlock.

The main issue that has stalled the negotiations is the refusal of the HAU management to account for and disclose the amount of money it has collected from tuition increases, a large chunk of which is due to workers, said Edmond Maniago, president of the HAU Teachers and Employees Union (HAUTEU). It has 385 members out of some 900 school personnel.

Edna Marriza Santos, assistant to the HAU president and chair of the management panel in the CBA talks, said management cannot accept the proposal “for the end-of-year recomputation of figures with regard to the amount of incremental proceeds from tuition increase and the distribution of the 70 percent of proceeds to our employees’ salaries and benefits.”

“It invokes its prerogative to handle its business operations and processes according to its best judgment and guided by the prescription of law. In doing so and in good faith, it also exercises its prerogative to keep university records of such nature in utmost confidentiality,” Santos said.

The conflict arose early on in the term of businessman Manuel Pangilinan as chair of the HAU board of trustees.

Maniago said the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has mandated that 70 percent of tuition increase “shall be used for the payment of increase in salaries, wages, allowance and other benefits of  teaching, nonteaching and other staff.”

The 20 percent, it said, “shall go to the improvement or modernization of buildings, equipment, libraries, laboratories, gymnasium and similar facility and to the payment of other costs of operations.” The remaining 10 percent goes to profit.

The HAU raised tuition for school years 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, CHEd documents showed. It also filed certificates complying with the 70-20-10 percent proceeds.

“It won’t show us a recomputation of the incremental proceeds of 70 percent of tuition increase,” Veronica Pangilinan, HAUTEU spokesperson, said.

Santos, however, said the incremental proceeds were shown and discussed in September last year.

Economic provisions in the CBA will be based on the incremental proceeds, Pangilinan said, adding the union is opposing proposed criteria that may affect the security of tenure of its members. Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • opinyonlangpo

    That is a typical low level employee mentality to feel entitled to a share to whatever the business takes in. That should have been okey if they also share in the investment, the risk of losses, and also the operating expenses. The educated and management level employees usually understands that, employees always get their salaries whether the business is earning or not.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_APVOOWFOYEHTUWLLGXG3SDRTUE Rory Cruz

      Dear typical random person,

      Please read: “Maniago said the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has mandated that 70 percent of tuition increase “shall be used for the payment of increase in salaries, wages, allowance and other benefits of  teaching, nonteaching and other staff.”It says MANDATORY. They just don’t feel entitled, they are entitled. What’s wrong with a recomputation? Unless of course, there’s an anomaly that the company wants to hide.

      • opinyonlangpo

        You are absolutely right, however I was not talking of the 70 percent of tuition fee increase. These teachers stopped their work because they feel that the money which HAU used in making their new buildings and expansions come from their fair share in tuition increase. Do you know who continued to work when all stopped? Low level employees can not understand that these hundreds of millions or even billions can not just come from tuition increase but from investors and owners the likes of Pangilinan. Why am I even explaining this to you. Anyway, you know who is low level employee when you meet one.

      • Guest

         There was no stoppage of work. A Deadlock is not a Strike. Get your facts right before uttering such senseless arrogance. You read a short article and you seem to understand all the issues, and the history of the conflict. Take note that a lot of these employees are professors who understand both their rights and responsibilities. And please do not refer to “low level employees” in such a deriding tone. 

      • opinyonlangpo

        You are a bystander, I was there in HAU talking to the students and teachers. Who is arrogant now? Who is senseless now? Reading an article doesn’t give you all the facts, try to visit them and get your facts before branding others as arrogant. There were days when nobody showed up to teach and just wasted the student’s time and money. Low level employees are those who thinks they have a right in every asset their employers have. One really knows when a low level employee talks.

      • Guest

        You are still arrogant and senseless because you still don’t get the difference between a Deadlock and a Strike. I know a lot of people who study and work at HAU. There were strikes in the previous years but the strike concerning the current dispute has not yet commenced. What you saw (if you were really there) was a program. Classes were regular even though there was a program. And by the way, i am an entrepreneur and i do have some employees but i never treat or talk to them in such a deriding tone. Thank you for this short exchange. I may have pushed a button. If i may borrow your monicker, ang sinabi ko a opinyonlangpo.

      • opinyonlangpo

        Thanks for the attention and the nice exchange. Please level up next time without resorting to name calling. Maybe we are just out of tune as I was not talking about the deadlock or strike. And yes I am right about the teachers because the students told me about it, and some teachers say its their 70% being used to build that building shadowing the roof of my house off Villa Teresa. Anyway dream on, Mr. Entrepreneur.

      • ang_dagat

        I am also an employer, but my bank account etc is private. Do you let all your employees delve into your accounts?

    • ang_dagat

      You are correct. If the company loses business, does the employees take a pay cut. 70-20-10 seems ridiculous anyway. With rising costs of Electric etc having to come out of this 20% as well as new buildings.
      As for only 10% of the increase going to the investors and 70% to workers; this mandate is unbelievable. These workers are just that, workers. They are paid a decent salary for the work they do. If they perform better than the norm the company can give them extra if they agree to certain goals. The Commission on Higher Education got this wrong and am sure could be taken to court on this.

      • opinyonlangpo

        I noticed that 70-20-10 but I thought it is a standard for this country. These school employees feel it as their right to open the financial records of the business even though CHEd has already noted that their 70% is already accounted for. I wouldn’t agree with my employees meddling with the company books, its none of their business. They do their job and get their salary and benefits, thats it.

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  • striker26

    people are entitled to their opinion and opinion will remain an opinion and it does not compare to the “opinion” of those directly involved. For the employees to be judged out rightly as “low level” just with this bit of information in this short article is funny and blatantly arrogant. There are so many issues that people from the outside do not know.

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