By Professor Jack Fiorito, Senator and UFF-FSU Vice President
Consultation, Ballots, and Bargaining
Much has happened since our last meeting. Since the March Faculty Senate meeting we held a consultation with President Barron and Provost Stokes and other top administrators. The discussion was wide-ranging and cordial.
That same day we counted ballots in the UFF-FSU Chapter elections. As you probably know, Professor Jennifer Proffitt is our new President. I am pleased to be a Vice President once again.
Earlier this month, chief negotiators for the faculty and administration/trustees teams exchanged lists of contract provisions they intend to renegotiate this year. The lists are fairly lengthy. The teams will roll up their sleeves starting May 15th – negotiating new provisions to take effect July 1st or as soon as possible thereafter.
This Just In … April 2013 Faculty Poll Results
Our current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expires on June 30th … all of it! In other words, we will be doing what’s called “full book” bargaining. We will begin negotiations in May and preparations for bargaining are already underway. Between now and then both sides have to decide which issues they want to renegotiate.
Please help us represent you and other FSU faculty by taking the UFF-FSU poll next month and encouraging your colleagues to do so.
Meanwhile, we are working through implementation of the changes agreed in the fall. Implementation is among the issues on the agenda for a consultation this coming Monday with President Barron and Provost Stokes. Continue reading
Our annual faculty poll’s question on parking was removed last spring over my objection. In view of the earlier presentation and discussion and prospects for more parking problems, I plan to argue strongly for putting it back this spring.
We are NOT bargaining, for a change. You will recall that we concluded bargaining in October. Discussions on implementation and other matters are expected at two consultations with President Barron, Provost Stokes, and other FSU administration representatives next month. Bargaining for 2013-14 and beyond is scheduled to begin later this spring. We will be seeking your views on bargaining in our upcoming poll and in other ways. Continue reading
The UFF-FSU Chapter will be pleased to feature Senator Bill Montford as our special guest for a luncheon on Tuesday, February 26th at 12:30 in the Oglesby Union’s Florida Room. Senator Montford will discuss issues facing higher education in the upcoming legislative session. A postable flyer can be found at:
All FSU faculty members are welcome to attend. A catered hot lunch will be available, free for UFF members and $12 for others. If you plan to attend, please notify UFF-FSU Vice President Jennifer Proffitt (email@example.com).
Report on University Welfare for Faculty Senate, September 19th, 2012
By Professor Jack Fiorito, Senator and UFF-FSU President
Good afternoon! In view of the late hour and that we have already had a report on collective bargaining from President Barron, I will try to be brief.
As President Barron suggested, budget cuts and the political environment have made for a difficult bargaining environment. Since last spring we have held consultations with President Barron and Provost Stokes twice and held weekly meetings with the Administration/Board of Trustees bargaining team. Continue reading
The UFF-FSU Chapter will host a luncheon featuring our new VP for Faculty Development and Advancement, Sally McRorie, on Wednesday, Sept. 26th at 12:30pm in the Oglesby Union’s Florida Room. A postable flyer with more information is available at: http://www.uff-fsu.org/art/fly20120926McRorie.pdf
First Friday will be held from 5-7pm on July 6th at Momo’s Brew Pub, 1410 Market Street. As usual, our UFF-FSU Chapter will provide snacks (pizza!). Refreshing beverages will be available, and faculty members from throughout FSU will provide interesting conversation. Please come out and relax with your colleagues and get informal updates on bargaining and other matters. New members are especially welcome!
Also Coming Up: Continue reading
The UFF-FSU Chapter will sponsor a May 24 luncheon featuring attorneys Thomas
W. Brooks and Lynn C. Hearn to discuss legal aspects of recent cuts in
retirement benefits. Please let me know if you plan to attend so that we can be
sure to have enough food and drink for all. Here is an excerpt from a
downloadable flyer available at
All listed candidates were easily elected, along with a few write-ins. Our new (and not so new) UFF-FSU elected leadership, effective immediately is as follows:
Officers: Jack Fiorito, President and Senator; Nancy Kellett, Vice President and Senator; Jennifer Profffitt, Vice President and Senator; Joseph Hellweg, Secretary and Senator; Susan C. Losh, Treasurer
Senators: Neil Abell, Margaret Ashmore, Luis Balicas, Ralph Brower, Michael Buchler, Jeanette Castillo, Chris Coutts, Vlad Dobraslavljevic, Michael Fair, Alisha Gaines, Alejandro Gallard, Robin Goodman, Scott Hannahs, Kristine Harper, RaMonda Horton, Annette Jones, Randolph Langley, Ian McDonald, Joshua Newman, Irene Padavic, Kate Petersen, James Rhoades, Robert Schwartz, Lee Stepina, Jennifer Wells Continue reading
Our First Friday social gathering for April will be at Chez Pierre, 1215 Thomasville Road, beginning at 5:00 on Friday, April 6th. Appetizers will be provided.