Concerns abound as professors renegotiate contract with university

By kyle constable • october 6, 2015 • 5:54 a.m.

An association representing more than 1,700 UConn professors is concerned about the university’s decision to use an outside law firm for the first time ever to lead contract renewal negotiations, according to association officials.

More than eight years have passed since professors last faced a full-contract renegotiation, setting up a “high stakes” situation, according to university spokesperson Stephanie Reitz. The contract is worth nearly $276 million annually according to Reitz, and representatives will debate whether to raise salaries or institute another pay freeze in light of continued budgetary troubles for the university and the state government.