Report to the Faculty Senate, November 12, 2014

by Professor Jennifer Proffitt

Bargaining
Good news: the departmental merit and dean’s merit that we negotiated have been implemented as of November 7. You should see this in your next paycheck.
Since the Faculty Senate last met, we had a very informative meeting with Bob Bradley, who was tasked with updating the market equity study that was done in 2007. Perhaps it’s no surprise to many of you: Lack of market equity at the associate and full professor levels is extremely problematic. His insights will be very useful for negotiations regarding market equity, which we hope will commence soon.

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Report to the Faculty Senate, October 16, 2014

by Professor Jennifer Proffitt

Implementation of the CBA
The implementation of raises has begun!

The $1,500 performance-based increase for faculty with an overall annual evaluation of at least “meets FSU’s high expectations” on their 2014 performance evaluations will appear in Friday’s paycheck. As a reminder, a lump sum distribution to make up the difference between the August 8 start of the academic year and the actual implementation of the increase will appear in our Dec. 12 paychecks.

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FSUS Ratification Results

On October 3, the FSUS faculty voted unanimously to ratify the 2014-2017 collective bargaining agreement.
Thank you to all who voted and to all who volunteered to help with ratification. Special thanks to Noreen Beattie, Sal Guastella, and Michael Craig for their work at the bargaining table. An extra special thanks goes to Norma Jean Jones for her work at the bargaining table and for organizing ratification.
Congratulations!

Report to the Faculty Senate, September 19, 2014

by Professor Jennifer Proffitt

Ratification
The ratification vote for the changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement was held last week, and the vote was 285 “yes” and 3 “no.” Some of the highlights include:

  • Continuation of Sustained Performance Increases of 3% for eligible full professors and eminent scholars, and, for the first time, for the top rank of Specialized Faculty working for seven years or more after their promotion to the top rank.
  • Promotion Increase MOA continues promotion increases of 12% for the second rank and 15% for the top rank.
  • $1,500 performance-based increases for faculty with an overall annual evaluation of at least “meets FSU’s high expectations” on their 2014 performance evaluations. These increases will appear in the paychecks of Oct. 17. A lump sum distribution to make up the difference between the August 8 start of the academic year and the Sept. 26th implementation will appear in the Dec. 12 paycheck.
  • Departmental merit raises of 1.55% to be distributed based on Spring 2014 Merit Evaluations. These increases will appear in paychecks on Nov. 7.
  • Deans’ merit of 0.20% of the in-unit salary base to be distributed on Nov. 7.
  • Establishment of a Post-Doc Faculty Mentor Award.
  • Renewal of the Domestic Partner Stipend Policy.

For more information, see uff-fsu.org

Presidential Search
I also wanted to let you know that the Florida International University Faculty Senate passed a resolution supporting the FSU Faculty Senate resolution passed September 10th. The UFF-FSU chapter also passed a resolution in support of your resolution. I encourage everyone to attend the presidential search meetings scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

GOTV
UFF is also working on getting out the vote, so if you are not registered to vote, please do. I will send out additional information about voter registration soon.

FIU’s Resolution in Support of FSU’s Resolution

Florida International University’s Faculty Senate passed the following resolution today:

The Faculty Senate of Florida International University expresses its support for the following resolution adopted by the Faculty Senate of Florida State University:

“Be it resolved that we, the members of the Florida State University Faculty Senate, call upon the Presidential Search Advisory Committee not to recommend Senator Thrasher as a candidate for President of FSU. We further call upon the Board of Trustees not to hire Senator Thrasher as the next President of FSU. Senator Thrasher lacks the stated qualifications required for the position, whereas the other three finalists meet those qualifications. We encourage all faculty members to participate fully in the interview process and to submit comments.”

Resolution in Support of the Faculty Senate

The UFF-FSU Executive Council passed the following resolution:

We endorse the FSU Faculty Senate’s resolution stating, “Be it resolved that we, the members of the Florida State University Faculty Senate, call upon the Presidential Search Advisory Committee not to recommend Senator Thrasher as a candidate for President of FSU.  We further call upon the Board of Trustees not to hire Senator Thrasher as the next President of FSU.  Senator Thrasher lacks the stated qualifications required for the position, whereas the other three finalists meet those qualifications. We encourage all faculty members to participate fully in the interview process and to submit comments.”

UFF-FSU Ratification Summary 2014-2015

On September 9th and 10th, faculty will be asked to accept or reject, via a ratification vote, changes to the 2013-2016 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  These changes were negotiated between UFF-FSU and the Board of Trustees.  A list of all changes to the document and the text of all tentatively agreed Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) are presented below, followed by short descriptions of the changes (with hot links to the text).

  1. Article 8 – Appointment
  2. Article 10 – Performance Evaluations
  3. Article 23 – Salaries
  4. Article 30 – Amendment and Duration
  5. Promotion Increase MOA
  6. Winter Break MOA
  7. Instructional Support Faculty MOA

Article 8 – Appointment has been amended so that it now specifies how temporary “bridge funding” will work in cases where a granting agency reduces or redirects funding such that it affects Specialized Faculty holding multi-year agreements.

Article 10 – Performance Evaluation has been amended to clarify that departments may permit merit pay awards for all members of the department/unit.

Article 23 – Salaries specifies raises and bonuses as follows:

  • Continuation of Sustained Performance Increases of 3% for eligible full professors and eminent scholars, and, for the first time, for the top rank of Specialized Facultyworking for seven years or more after their promotion to the top rank.
  • $1,500 performance-based increases for faculty with an overall annual evaluation of at least “meets FSU’s high expectations” on their 2014 performance evaluations.  These increases will appear in the paychecks of Oct. 17.  A lump sum distribution to make up the difference between the August 8 start of the academic year and the Sept. 26th implementation will appear in the Dec. 12 paycheck.
  • Departmental merit raises of 1.55% to be distributed based on Spring 2014 Merit Evaluations. These increases will appear in paychecks on Nov. 7.
  • Deans’ merit of 0.20% of the in-unit salary base to be distributed on Nov. 7.
  • Establishment of a Post-Doc Faculty Mentor Award.
  • Administrative Discretionary Increases of up to 1%.
  • Within the “Awards” section, titles are established for Specialized Faculty who have been recognized with awards conferring distinction.

Article 30 – Amendment and Duration updates the timetable for renegotiations for next year.

Winter Break MOA updates the dates of winter break for in-unit faculty.

Domestic Partner Stipend Policy and MOA renews the policy implemented last year and specifies that retired domestic partners hold the same eligibility status as currently employed domestic partners.

Instructional Support Faculty MOA specifies that Instructional Support Faculty are eligible to be assigned up to 25% teaching but no less than 75% service.

Collective Bargaining Update July 23, 2014

The BOT and UFF-FSU teams met on July 23 and continued discussing salary, but the teams still remain far apart.  On the upside, the BOT team added  ½ a percent to its total offer and is willing to earmark a part of the package to include performance raises to help keep up  with the cost of living.  It is also willing to extend Sustained Performance Increase awards to eligible third-tier Specialized Faculty.  On the downside, however, their package amounts to only 3% (not counting promotion raises and administrative discretionary raises).

The UFF-FSU proposed package totals 5.2%.

The UFF-FSU team is having a hard time understanding why the BOT team is making such a “low ball” offer.   By way of comparison, faculty at UCF just settled salary negotiations that resulted in a 5% raise (3% across-the-board and 2%  merit).   Why should a preeminent university like Florida State come in so much lower?  It would be one thing if this were another year of Legislative cutbacks.  But nothing could be further from the truth.  With a budget of nearly a billion dollars, and with an increase of $41 million, this is not a tight budget year.   The UFF-FSU team needs the BOT to realize, like UCF evidently does, that our university needs competitive raises in order to maintain and improve its position.  Three percent doesn’t cut it.

The teams also discussed the terms of the re-extension of the Domestic Partner benefit agreed to last year, and these negotiations are continuing.