[Posted on behalf of Robin Goodman, UFF-FSU Chapter Secretary and Bargaining Team Member]
The UFF-FSU bargaining team is happy to announce that at the August 8th bargaining session the BOT team acknowledged our cogent arguments on most positions. And more: due to UFF’s persistence and diligence at the bargaining table, the Board of Trustees’ team agreed to give us not only the 3% performance-based increase with a $1,500 floor, not only the $750 per FTE merit bonus based on the department/unit merit procedure evaluations completed in Spring semester 2011, not only the expected promotion raises, but also an additional $150 bonus funds per FTE of merit for deans to distribute!
We thank everyone in the bargaining unit for your patience and support during these difficult negotiations.
We also are grateful to the administration for their continued willingness to return to the bargaining table. Their ability to understand our position in defense of the contract language regarding departmental merit evaluation criteria and procedures was key in reaching these agreements. In the end, we were able to reach consensus on how meritorious and deserving of recognition so many of our faculty have proven to be. We laud you on your accomplishments!
The new salary amounts are effective immediately, with no money lost due to the delay.
When the new semester begins, we will be asking you to ratify these agreements.