Report to the Faculty Senate, April 23, 2014

By Professor Jennifer Proffitt, UFF-FSU President

Bargaining News and Faculty Poll

Bargaining begins again a week from today. Several articles will be open, including salaries and benefits. We’ll keep you updated on the negotiations. As I noted last month, our next presidential consultation will be held May 14.

With these meetings ahead of us, it is really important that all faculty members complete the UFF-FSU faculty poll. Your responses to questions regarding salaries, evaluations, evaluations of administrators, promotion committees, and so on, truly help us help all of you in bargaining and consultations. I know we’ve been asked to take several surveys lately, but this one directly addresses working conditions at FSU and can have tangible effects. So please take the poll, and encourage your colleagues to take the poll as well. This is an opportunity for faculty to have their voices heard.

Labor Minute

If you listen to WFSU-FM, you may have heard our new segment called Labor Minute, which highlights the issues, challenges and successes of the U.S. labor movement. It is on every Wednesday at 3:04pm. If you have ideas for Labor Minute or would like to write one, please feel free to contact me.

Legislative News

In legislative news, there are less than two weeks left in session, and FRS reform, changes to healthcare benefits, a textbook affordability bill that I mentioned last time that requires us to use textbooks for at least three years among other things, the budget, which may or may not include raises or merit bonuses for state workers, and secrecy bills are all still on the table. Feel free to contact me for more information about these issues.

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