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:

  • Promotion increases of 12% and 15% were implemented August 8, 2013.
  • Performance pay increases of 1.1% to nearly all faculty and the competitive adjustment increases of $1,000 for faculty earning more than $40,000 and $1,400 for faculty earning $40,000 or less, were implemented October 1, 2013.
  • Merit increases averaging 0.6% will be implemented October 25, 2013.
  • Sustained performance increases of 3% for full professors and eminent scholars in rank for 7 years who have not already received a sustained performance or salary plan for professors increase were implemented October 1 as well.
  • 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, which will result in a one-time payment to faculty members who were rated satisfactory on their 2012 annual evaluation.  This payment will be distributed on December 13 and will be more than $200 with the exact amount to be calculated by the university.
  • The dean’s merit bonuses—that is, non-recurring Legislature-provided bonuses in the amount of $600 to 35% of faculty in each department—will be implemented June 2014.

Consultation

Our next consultation with President Barron and Provost Stokes and other top administrators will be held next week. We look forward to a productive meeting about topics ranging from parking to the prestige-based award raises to salary compression and market equity.

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