Standstill in Ateneo labor union vote, faculty union tops initial count

[Ateneo college union gets 66 votes; counting of 104 more votes questioned]
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/30 March) — No winner has been declared in today’s
certification elections for the Ateneo de Davao college faculty’s sole and
exclusive bargaining agent, the Department of Labor and Employment said.
About 182 regular and probationary members of the university’s faculty voted
Thursday but only votes from regular faculty — a total of 78 votes — were
counted as of 5p.m.
The university’s lawyers challenged the 104 votes from non-regular employees
who are on contractual basis. They moved to bar the opening of the votes until
a DoLE resolution on their petition is out.
Sixty six of the regular faculty voted “Yes” for the College Faculty Union of
Ateneo de Davao University (CFU-AdDU). Only 12 employees voted against.
Neil Ryan Pancho CFU-AdDU president told MindaNews they opposed the
administration’s move because non-regular employees have the right to vote, too.
He said even if 78, the number of regular faculty members, is to be used as
reference, the union needs only 60 votes to win the elections. The union got
66 as of 5 pm..
According to DoLE guidelines, the votes will not be counted until the
mediation-arbitration officer of the agency decides on the contest.
The envelop containing the ballots of the 104 non-regular employees who cast
their votes was sealed.
CFU maintained that rank and file employees are entitled to vote.
Glorelito Jayma, CFU’s legal counsel, said in his written manifestation to
oppose the move, that the Labor Code makes no distinction as to the employment
status as basis for eligibility in participating in the process.
He said the 104 votes should be counted.
The AdDU administration had earlier challenged the right of the so-called
“probationary” faculty members to vote.
If CFU-AdDU wins, it will become the “sole and exclusive bargaining agent” of
Ateneo college faculty in the Jacinto campus.
Pancho said the initial victory is a fresh affirmation of the faculty’s
struggle to organize and be represented for the collective bargaining agreement.
The university’s grade school faculties are each represented by existing
unions with whom CFU-AdDU promises to work for the betterment of the Ateneo
community.
The CFU-AdDU received its Certificate of Recognition from the Department of
Labor and Employment in October 2005. It was supposed to hold a certification
election but Ateneo management reportedly blocked its application in April
last year.
CFU vowed to look into employees hiring rates, the rank and promotion system,
and an incentive system for excellent teachers.
Esmeraldo Lampauog, the university’s personnel director, said by next week the
results could already be out.
MindaNews sought assistant law dean and university counsel Manuel Quibod, but
he could not be reached as of presstime. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews).

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