Bargaining Update 4-19-17

Dear Colleagues,

The BOT and UFF bargaining teams met for three hours on April 12 and discussed several of the opened articles.

The discussion of the Tenure Article concerned the BOT’s proposal to switch from a set of 2nd-and-4th-year reviews to a 3rd-year review and the UFF’s position that any such switch would need to provide a choice for Assistant Professors who came in under the 2nd-and-4th-year system. The fact that this review system appears in several unopened articles was also discussed.

The discussion of the Disciplinary Action and Job Abandonment Article focused on three BOT proposals: redefining the actions that constitute abandoning one’s job, loosening the conditions under which the President can shorten the standard 6-month notice of termination, and restructuring the procedures of the Faculty Senate-appointed Peer Panel that reviews any decision to suspend, demote, or terminate a faculty member.

The discussion of the UFF-proposed changes to Other Faculty Rights centered on the UFF’s desire to include basic protections in the CBA in case proposed “guns on campus” legislation passes.

Bargaining will resume on Wednesday, May 3, at 2:00 in the FSU Training Center.

The key to a strong Collective Bargaining Agreement is a strong membership base, so if you are not a member, please join!

All best,
Irene Padavic and Scott Hannahs
Co-Chief Negotiators, UFF-FSU

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