Report to the Faculty Senate, March 19, 2014

By Professor Jennifer Proffitt, UFF-FSU President

We Want to Hear from You!
We are gearing up for bargaining, and there are two key ways to get involved coming up in the next month or so:

One way is the UFF-FSU faculty poll: Please be on the lookout for the UFF-FSU poll in April. Of course, I will send you multiple email reminders once the poll is ready to go, and please remind your colleagues to take the poll as well. Our poll is extremely important because it helps us to determine faculty needs and bargaining priorities. All faculty members are encouraged to participate. Topics will include the Presidential search, Specialized Faculty, prestige award raises, and much more!

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Report to the Faculty Senate, February 19, 2014

By Professor Jennifer Proffitt, UFF-FSU President

Implementation of CBA and Faculty Poll

In bargaining news, you may have noticed that seven different types of raises and bonuses from the latest contract have been implemented with an eighth one still to come, which is the $600 merit bonus for 35% in June.

Please be on the lookout for the UFF-FSU faculty poll in April. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of responses to our poll, for your responses help us represent all of you in bargaining and beyond.

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Report to the Faculty Senate, January 22, 2014

By Professor Jennifer Proffitt, UFF-FSU President

CBA Implementation and Distribution

Several additional provisions of the 2013-2016 collective bargaining agreement have been implemented since the Faculty Senate last met in December, including the open enrollment of domestic partner benefits and the one-time payment of $244 in most faculty members’ December 13 paychecks. Hard copies of the new CBAs are being distributed to UFF members and are available to everyone free online at our website or for $7.20 from Amazon.

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Report to the Faculty Senate, December 4, 2013

By Professor Jennifer Proffitt, UFF-FSU President

CBA Implementation

Several provisions of the 2013-2016 collective bargaining agreement have been implemented since the Faculty Senate last met, including raises for promotions, performance and sustained performance, merit, competitive adjustments, and of course, administrative discretion increases. Most faculty members also will see a one-time payment in their December 13 paycheck. This bonus will be around $200. Reclassifications for Specialized Faculty should be completed this month as well.

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Report to Faculty Senate, October 23, 2013

By Professor Jennifer Proffitt, UFF-FSU President

Ratification Complete, Salary Increase Implementation

As I reported last month, the UFF-FSU faculty team and the administration/trustees team concluded negotiations for our 2013-2016 collective bargaining agreement. The final tally from last month’s ratification voting was 206 “yes” and 2 “no” and one provisional ballot. As an immediate consequence, you may have noticed a little extra money in your last paycheck. The implementation schedule for the negotiated pay increases and bonuses is as follows:

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Bargaining Update – Bonus – September 23, 2013

In acknowledgement that the delay in implementing raises is a loss of pay to faculty, the bargaining teams agreed to distribute the funds across the bargaining unit.  This will result in a one time payment to faculty who have been rated satisfactory on their evaluation.  This payment will be distributed on December 13, and will be over $200 with the exact amount to be calculated by the university.

This bonus along with all provisions of the contract must be ratified by the faculty in a vote this week.  All modified provisions of the contract are posted here.

Notice of Contract Ratification Vote

(a)    Polling Times and Locations

Day                 Date                    Time                        Location

Monday              September 23            1:00pm-3:00pm           A213 Holley Bldg, Panama City Campus

Wednesday        September 25           10:00am-12:00pm        University Center C

Wednesday        September 25           11:00am-1:00pm          MagLab

Wednesday        September 25           12:00pm-2:00pm          Strozier Library

Wednesday        September 25           1:00pm-3:00pm            Dodd Hall

Wednesday        September 25           2:00pm-4:00pm            Strozier Library

Thursday             September 26          10:00am-12:00pm        Keursteiner Music Bldg

Thursday             September 26          11:00am-1:00pm          Bellamy Building

Thursday             September 26          12:00pm-2:00pm          Dirac Library

Thursday             September 26          1:00pm-3:00pm            Stone Building

Thursday             September 26          2:00pm-4:00pm            Dirac Library

(b) Ratification is open to all members of the bargaining unit regardless of membership in the UFF-FSU;

(c) All members of the bargaining unit are eligible to vote; and

(d) A copy of the proposed collective bargaining agreement is available for inspection here: http://uff-fsu.org/2013/09/contract-and-ratification/

The vote shall be by secret ballot of all members of the bargaining unit. The vote shall be publicly counted at each polling location and the results announced at the conclusion of voting and counting. Final count will be publicly counted and the results announced in 205B Carothers Hall at 4:15pm September 26.