We’ve had just one bargaining session since the last Senate meeting. In contrast to most of our weekly sessions since May, which have focused on the Administration/BOT’s desire to revise performance evaluation procedures, we addressed academic freedom (Article 5), domestic partner benefits, and revisions to the Salary Plan for Professors (Article 25). At UFF urging, we have a session scheduled for tomorrow at 2pm in UCA 6200 to review issues in the Non-Tenure Track Faculty reclassification project. All faculty members are welcome to attend that session.
The merit bonus determination process is moving forward. We are unfortunately hearing of some implementation procedures that appear to be at odds with our Memorandum of Agreement, and we are investigating.
UFF representatives will meet with President Barron and Provost Stokes on December 15th. The merit bonus implementation will probably be on our agenda.
At the Ledge
Recent encouraging words from Governor Scott about education funding may present a case of a silver lining preceding a dark cloud. We certainly welcome the Governor’s belated realization that education investments are critical to Florida’s future. How the budget is funded is of course a concern. I can note, however, that the UFF is paying attention to both sides of the aisle in the Florida Legislature.
- Tomorrow, Thursday, December 8th, 2pm in the “HR Suite” at UCA 6200, faculty and administration bargaining teams will review issues in the draft agreement on Non-Tenure Track Faculty (NTTF) reclassification.
- Thursday, December 15th, 12:30 pm. Lunch with Jeff Wright and Pat Dix, FEA, in the Askew Student Life Center (SLC) Rooms 101A-D. Tentative topic: “It Could Be Worse (And How Faculty Can Make It Better).” Lunch is free to UFF members and guests, $12 for others. RSVP to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Questions? Thank you for your time, and Happy Holidays to all!