Merit Bonus and Other Updates

In response to a UFF-FSU Facilitation request and meeting (see Sec. 20.8(a) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement), FSU Administration representatives notified UFF-FSU representatives on Monday that additional merit bonus distributions will be made in several colleges and other academic units.  The Facilitation was initiated because UFF-FSU analysis indicated certain units distributed less bonus funds than called for by the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) negotiated between the Administration and UFF.  Bargaining Co-Chair Dr. Scott Hannahs, Grievance
Chair Dr. Lee Stepina, UFF Service Unit Director Tom Wazlavek, and I conducted
the analysis and represented the UFF in the Faciliation meeting.

Colleges/units that should see substantial additional distributions include Motion Picture Arts (Film School), Student Affairs, Social Work, Institute for Science and Public Affairs, Graduate School, Ringling Center, Human Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance, Learning Systems Institute, and Education.

Details are available in a letter from Interim Dean of the Faculties Jennifer Buchanan to the UFF-FSU Grievance Chair, Dr. Lee Stepina.  The letter can be found at:

The UFF-FSU Chapter is presently reviewing information from the Administration to ensure that these adjustments will result in full compliance with the MOA.

Bargaining:  Negotiations continue on re-openers for 2012-13.  Items under discussion include evaluation, academic freedom, benefits, salaries, the salary plan for professors, promotion, tenure, and specialized faculty (NTTF) reclassification.

Membership:  The strength of faculty voice is enhanced by UFF membership.  Join now and pay no dues until August!  Membership forms are available at:

Best regards,

Jack Fiorito, President

UFF-FSU Chapter

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