Xavier University releases official statement as XU Non-teaching Employees Union holds peaceful rally




You may have seen the ongoing picket at Xavier University by members of the XU Non-Teaching Employees Union (XUNTELU). The group has been holding a peaceful rally at Magsaysay Park in the late afternoon calling for some benefits due to them.

Accordingly, the problem stemmed when the XU management announced it is unable to provide Christmas cash gifts to its employees this year, a practice that started in 1997. Here are some photos of the rally right across the XU Campus.

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photo by Alu Nmro Cdo

Placards in display during the rally.

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Candle lighting and prayers for the union.

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photo by Alu Nmro Cdo

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The XU Non-teaching Employees Union is affiliated with the Associated Labor Union – Trade Union Congress of the Phils. (ALU-TUCP). Shown below are the union officers with ALU-TUCP Regional Vice President Nicandro Borja (left).

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photo by Alu Nmro Cdo

Meanwhile, XU released an official statement as shown below.

XAVIER UNIVERSITY’S CALL FOR SOLIDARITY IN THE MIDST OF ITS FINANCIAL CHALLENGES

Press Statement – 16 November 2016

Xavier University is unable to provide Christmas Cash Gifts to her employees this year due to the unprecedented losses in our operations. The severe decline in the financial health of the University is expected to get worse before it can get better in light of the K+12 transition years.

While it has been a past practice, the Christmas Cash Gift is not a benefit, but a “gift” which is not obligatory.  As a gratuity, it is not listed among the benefits in our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Our staff handbook states that employees may receive “cash gifts, as authorized by the President on special occasions” (p. 19, 3rd edition, 2007). The granting of a cash gift is solely a Management Prerogative and an act of generosity beyond what is strictly due to the recipient. It is a Gratuity, a way to show graciousness that is in no sense a reward for performing duties past, present or future. As such, it shall not be construed as a university obligation nor can it ripen into a benefit. Cash gifts have been given usually in December as a gratuity given as a genuine Christmas gift.

The ability of the University to give a cash gift depends on the net income (excess of revenue over expenses) from school operations of the previous school year as reported in the audited financial statements. The President determines what portion of the net income can be given as cash gift to all full-time employees, taking into consideration all the financial needs of the University.

The net loss from school operations was P160M during SY2014-2015 and P90M in SY2015-2016. Operational losses of these magnitudes are unprecedented, never seen before by XU. In the last 20 years, the previous loss was in SY2008-2009 and it was only P8M. The budget approved by the Board of Trustees for SY1617 is projected to result in a deficit of P199M. The losses are primarily a result of decreasing enrollment from the highest of 16,313 in SY2010-2011 down to 13,729 in SY2016-2017.

This decreasing trend is exacerbated by the loss of tertiary enrollment during the K-12 transition years (2016-2020) as Senior High School is being established and there are no students for two college year levels.

Beginning SY 2016-2017, a cash gift will be apportioned only if there is net income realized from the previous school year. As we all share when the University is doing well financially, the President appeals that we also help when XU is financially challenged.

We deeply regret that we cannot afford to distribute cash gifts to our employees and service personnel as we have done during better times due to the substantial losses from our school operations in the previous two school years. However, in consideration of the appeals that have been received, we asked each unit to sacrifice some items from their respective budgets to be able to allot Php1,000.00 per full-time employee as a Christmas gift. We welcome the initiatives and inputs of different groups to keep our processes consultative and open.

Xavier has done its best to take care of its employees. The suspension of the cash gift is only temporary and will resume once financial health is restored. We continue to value the support of the XU community members and we call for further understanding, cooperation, and solidarity as we journey to restore the financial status of the University. We are grateful for the blessings that continue to come our way and pray that we fan the flames of gratitude even as we are buffeted by winds of uncertainty.

 

It  can be recalled that last May 19, 2016 or five months ago, the management of Xavier University and XUNTELU signed a new five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with effectivity from June 1, 2015 until May 31, 2020. LINK

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29 Comments

  1. The Loop says:

    pahawaon nalang ng mga membro sa union! puro reklamo

    • xuntelu member says:

      mr.loop wala ka kbalo sa imong gpangstorya. ug wala ka kahibalo sa side sa mga xuntelu members. side ra sa xu managemnt ang imong nabasa.wala ka kahibalo sa tinood nga gakahitabo.so ayw pg commento nga sama ana!

  2. lee yan says:

    Yun namn.pala.

  3. Katkatsalabat says:

    Kalooy Sab. But I hope the teaching staff can pool themselves and contribute to share to this group so everybody happy on Christmas Diba?

  4. AdminUnion says:

    The Loop

    Ikaw ang mag hilom kay dli ka admin og dli pud ka xuntelu..wala ka kabalo sa tibuok na istorya ngano gi abot ana..or basin admin ka sa xu mao ng suko ka?

  5. bantang dvsoria says:

    Dapat unta mag usa ang teaching force and non teaching na maoy gadala og paglambo sa school. We do not know the whole story, basta isa lang akong maistorya. XU is the best school, tuition fee hike natupad daun, hehehe.. pero what about sa empleyado nila, maski salary increase daw daginuton..
    Kalooy sab, dapat sa Christmas everybody happy, para ang work happy pud..

  6. VoiceofGod says:

    There is severe / flagrant / serious VIOLATIONS committed by Xavier University to the CBA (a very sacred covenant between XU and the Union). Please keep in mind that this post is about XU’s statement only!

  7. BatangTan-og says:

    Kaya’t ibigay n’yo na
    Ang aming Christmas bonus
    Pati na ang 13th month pay
    Para lahat okey na okey

  8. SpyOfYourLife says:

    Clue!
    Daghan Development sa XU ateneo de Cagayan, Building & etc..
    Pero Nagpasalamat ang Uban kay nahatagan ug trabaho
    Pero Kabalo ba mo na pag naay renovation or development sa school or campany
    Involve man jud dha ang Budget..
    negotiate side by side.. involve dha ang mga Leaders..
    Posibli every renovate sa Building walay Ila sa mga leaders ana..hahaha..
    Dili Kaayu cla mo React kay naka kwarta naman cla…Cla cla ra japun ang nkakwarta
    peru ang mga Teacher’s..members..Ultimo Christmas Bunos di pajud mahatag…
    Dapat sa mga Leader tag 2 years ra unta na cla..kay Maayo kaayu mangita ug paagi na
    maka kwarta cla….

  9. VoiceofGod says:

    This is the TRUTH: First, there already had a memo dated October 13 that there shall be “No Cash Gift in 2016”. If you think the union filed notice of strike because cashgift is reduced to 1K, you are just being misinformed. The so-called ‘gratuity’ has been in practice for about 2 decades already and just cannot be taken out.

    Second, while XU is experiencing (unprecedented) loss, still it has money in Retained Earnings with a total of not less than 4Billion. XU was not transparent on this.

    These are just some of the VIOLATIONS committed by XU in the CBA. It failed to take care of its employees!

    • CPA says:

      Sir/maam wala man koi side g.panigan kay wala man ko kabalo sa whole story pero magcomment lang ko na dli pasabot na dako retained earnings, dako cash ang isa ka entity. Pwede man jud daku retained earnings kay daku utang. In short, dli direct ang relationship sa liquidity sa isa ka entity ug ang retained earnings.

      • batang dvsoria says:

        Yah pwede sab CPA.. basta sir/maam ayaw nalang padaku-a ang problema, kay dili lang kamo na school nag problema sama ana, PRAY nalang kayu, kc i heard sa radio news, na GINAWA na ng paraan sa inyong presidente. if im not mistaken, wala na daw moy christmas party kay e donate nalang sa inyo.. common guys chillax, sabta nalang na inyong kahimtang samot na naa na sa k-12 transistion.. hehehe..

        • VoiceofGod says:

          XU president did not do fairly his duty as the president. “The Non-giving of the Christmas Gratuity issue is just but a by-product of a number of unfair labor practices that the management has done to the union, to include Union Busting.” Please bear with the union as it still in the process of releasing its own statement. #veritas

        • VoiceofGod says:

          …and regarding the news in radio, tv and print media, they are just one-side of the story. So please bear with the union until it releases its side. #veritas

      • VoiceofGod says:

        Salamat CPA. If and when and assuming but not admitting that XU is losing, then there is a big problem with financial management. A mis-management that people in key positions cannot accept its mistake. A mistake, under the command responsibility of the University President. XU committed gross violations in the CBA, including its failure to give a copy of audited Financial Statements to the Union. Hence, all press releases and President’s memo remain QUESTIONABLE. This is an issue of TRANSPARENCY – which is a violation of the CBA.

  10. bantang dvsoria says:

    aahhh.. so kana unta ang maipakita public or sa media bah.. para ang tawo makabalo sab si inyong concern.. hehehe. mao ng gitawag sa inyo na “veritas liberabit vos” .. hehehe.. cge padayun kamo sa inyong gibati.. hehehe.. chillax lang.

    • VoiceofGod says:

      Mao jod. The Union is still on its way to have its side published/presented to public.
      Something is wrong with the XU Management! They just misinform the public.
      How sad it is for a Jesuit Institution striving for excellence and having Labor issues 🙁

  11. Halley Berry says:

    ang problema ani kay ang Presidente dli kabalo mudala sa mga tao kay cge ipa sturya niya ang iya mga middle-managers busa naabot sa ing ani nga pang hitabo.. puro na dayun bakak ipa gawas sa media

  12. Vinax says:

    Please delete also TROLLS. Labi na tong mga walai labot sa isyu! Thanx

  13. SpyOfYourLife says:

    MAYTAG NA-AY X-MASS BUNOS PARA MASAYA 😀
    OG PARA MAKAHATAG KO SA AKONG MGA BINATA HEHE

  14. From a parent who hates leny! says:

    The loss could be due to the current finance head who instead of encouraging students to enroll in XU drives them away with her foul mouth

    • batang dvsoria says:

      ay ganun??? sa iyaha ra man diay ang usa nga root na problema, so na discourage uban students mag enroll sa kana na school… thats y naka move ang group sama ani…

      • From a parent who hates leny! says:

        Possible..there are a lot of students who are now in another school because their parents cannot take the insult of Leny.When you go to her and ask for a promissory note,she would definitely tell you that maybe you can’t afford Xavier and it’s best to find another school.How’s that from a Jesuit school whose people are supposed to embody the “men and women for others” value? Everything is business now.Gone are the days of Father Javier and his immediate successors.

      • VoiceofGod says:

        And also the Univ President himself. In one of the meetings with PTA, he told the parents something like this “…well there are other schools…” meaning, okay ra saiya mobalhin lain eskwelahan ang mgat bata. And to think, he is the Univ President, he should have not told the parents those DISCOURAGING Statements. 🙁

  15. JT says:

    Maybe it was a good advise of the treasurer. Have a blessed Christmas!

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