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HAU management, union sign agreement

The long-standing labor dispute between management and union, which had led to a 52-day strike two years ago, finally ended last September 8 with the signing of an agreement that settled the dispute’s remaining cases and issues.

The signing was followed by a Thanksgiving Mass where HAU President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo called the agreement a big step to making Holy Angel "a great school to work for" and "the employer of choice in Central Luzon."

He said both management and union "share a common commitment to putting our students first. We are all about students."

Veronica Pangilinan, President of the HAU Teachers and Employees Union (HAUTEU), led union officers in the agreement signing and the Mass.

Mrs. Pangilinan said the HAUTEU also yearned for genuine peace and reconciliation and considered the agreement the signal that the HAU community would finally move on.

The agreement includes the final settlement of both the unfair labor practice (ULP) case at the Court of Appeals and the assumption of jurisdiction (AJ) case at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), thus paving the way for the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiation for S.Y. 2015-2018.

The agreement also resolved the issues of agency fees and number of teaching hours of Basic Education (Elementary and High School) faculty, as well as set a review of the previous dismissal of two union members.

The University released a P10,000.00 goodwill bonus to each rank-and-file employe as part of the agreement.

Both parties agreed to discharge each other from future claims and liabilities arising from the labor dispute, and to exercise mutual respect in future dealings.

During the Thanksgiving Mass, Dr. Calingo announced that while other schools are resorting to retrenchment due to K-to-12, HAU "has chosen a different path," i.e., retaining nearly all academically qualified faculty members and investing in their training and development, even in the face of "significant enrollment decline."

He also challenged faculty and employees to participate in the University’s Share-a-Wing student scholarship program by pledging "any amount you can afford" through payroll deduction.

"We are all about students," the HAU President said.

Date Posted: 09-13-2015