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.
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.