2017-2018 Collective Bargaining Status

The annual bargaining of the Collective Bargaining Agreement began March 8th with the exchange of open articles by the Board of Trustees (BOT) and the UFF.  Salaries is of course open and each side is allowed to open two articles each year with the full agreement open every 3 years.

This post will be updated with versions of the articles as the bargaining progresses.

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2017-2018 CBA Ratification Voting

Ratification voting for our 2017-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement changes will occur on Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 7. The polling schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 6 
10 am – 12 pm: College of Social Work Lobby (University Center “C”)
11 am – 1 pm: Mag Lab Lobby
12 pm – 2 pm: Kuersteiner Music Building (College of Music) Lounge (Copeland entrance)
12 pm – 4 pm: Strozier Library Lobby
10 am – 2 pm: Panama City Campus: Holley A301 Dean’s Conference Room
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Thursday, September 7
10 am – 12 pm: Strozier Library Lobby
11 am – 1 pm: Williams Building Lobby
11 am – 1 pm: Bellamy Atrium (1st floor, entry faces Strozier)
12 pm – 2 pm: Dirac Library Lobby
1 pm – 3 pm: Stone Building Atrium (west end of building facing West Call)
2 pm – 4 pm: Carothers East Entrance Lobby (entrance at the Bookstore End of the Building)

Welcome back

Colleagues:

Welcome back, and wishing everyone a productive semester.

Union plans for the fall include:

-Contract Ratification. Contract negotiations concluded a couple of weeks ago, and the ratification vote will take place just after Labor Day. The presence of about 50 faculty members at one of the summer sessions was much appreciated. You will be receiving details shortly.

-Legislative issues. Session is early this year, meaning that Committee hearings will start in the fall. We don’t yet know what is planned, but will continue to monitor and advocate for faculty interests. Issues may include Union Certification, Guns on Campus, other measures relating to firearms, preeminence, evaluative metrics, distance learning, and tuition issues.

-4th Fridays. We’ll continue to do our monthly cocktail, including at least one at a “family-friendly”
venue.

-Luncheons/Guest speakers. We are tentatively planning three of these through the fall, with
speakers from both the political and labor areas.

– UFF goes to the opera. Members will again be invited to FSUs fall opera performance – this year, it will be Leonard Bernstein’s CANDIDE, with the Union performance on Sunday, November 5.

Check the “events” link on this page for a full list.

-Recruiting. We had a very good week recruiting during orientation, and extend a special welcome to our new members. Still, the more people we have, the more influence we can
wield. Please talk to your colleagues about Membership if you feel so moved!

As always, we stand ready to assist our members with contract-related issues including working conditions, evaluations, promotion, and anything else falling under the heading of “terms and conditions of employment”. Hopefully, you will never need our legal assistance, but it is always available.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any other members of our Executive Committee with
questions, issues, or ideas.

Best in solidarity,

Matthew

Bargaining Update 7/29/17

The BOT and UFF bargaining teams met on July 26 to continue negotiations on the Salaries article. As noted in the last Update, the previous week the teams had signed a Memorandum of Agreement insuring that regardless of what happens in the remainder of bargaining, Promotion raises will go into effect with the first paycheck of the academic year.

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