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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Bargaining Update 6/23/17

The BOT and UFF bargaining teams met on June 14 to continue negotiation of the Salaries article. The unresolved categories are Performance Increases, Departmental Merit Increases, Deans’ Merit Increases, Market Equity Increases, Administrative Discretionary Increases, and the UFF’s proposed Administrative Commensurate Compensation Increases. (The teams are not proposing changes to Promotion Increases or to Sustained Performance Increases.)

The session began with a BOT presentation purportedly showing that funding for faculty salaries is limited by legislatively-imposed criteria and that FSU faculty are already well-compensated compared to other public institutions. As a result of these restrictions and comparisons, the BOT team explained that their goals and priorities are not faculty compensation but instead are hiring, student retention and graduation, student support, and graduate student funding. The BOT concluded that FSU salaries were “competitive” and that they were “comfortable with faculty salaries.”

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Bargaining Update 6/10/17

Dear Colleagues:

The most recent of the on-going weekly meetings between the BOT and UFF faculty bargaining teams was held Monday, June 5, and centered on the Salaries article. Neither team is proposing changes to Promotion Increases or to Sustained Performance Increases, and so the discussion centered on the other increase categories.

The session began with a BOT proposal offering Departmental Merit of 1.1% (up .1% from its prior offer), Deans’ merit of .25% (down .15%), Market Equity of $750,000 (up $250,000), and Administrative Discretionary Increases of 1%. This proposed package represents an increase of one-tenth-of-one-percent (.1%) over the BOT’s previous offer.

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Bargaining Update: June 1, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The BOT and UFF bargaining teams have continued to meet weekly since our last Update of May 21, although recent progress has been slow.

Discussions of Salary have been ongoing for several sessions, although the teams remain far apart. On the upside, both agree that Promotion Raises and SPI raises should remain at last year’s levels. It is in regard to the absolute amount of funding and the proportions allocated to the various categories that the teams are divided.

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Bargaining Update 5-22-17

The BOT and UFF bargaining teams have been meeting regularly since late March and have made progress on several articles.

Discussions of Salary have been ongoing for the last two bargaining sessions. Because University employees are excluded for the first time in memory from raises targeted to other state employees, negotiations are particularly important this year. Also new this year is the UFF’s proposal to link the total percentage increase in faculty salaries to the total percentage increase in administrators’ salaries. The UFF is surprised by how meager the BOT’s initial proposals are in light of the budget increases the Legislature allocated. In general, the teams are far apart, although there have been small moves toward convergence.

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