The UFF and Board of Trustees (BOT) teams met last Friday, August 6, to discuss Article 23 (Salaries).
The BOT offered to increase their bonus offer from $1,500 to $1,800. We pointed out—again—the many reasons a raise would be in order, including that the University of Florida’s BOT team began negotiations by offering a 3% raise. No dice. They went into detail about FSU’s budget simply not allowing us a raise. We asked if faculty salaries were even a priority to them. The verbal answer was yes. The facts indicate otherwise.
The good news is that the BOT team is willing to sign the MOU we proposed that allows Promotion raises and Sustained Performance Increases to go into effect next week. So that’s a relief.
Next week we will meet remotely on Wednesday, August11, at 2:30—note the slightly later start time. This session will be unusual in that the main substance will be Impact Bargaining about Covid-19 this fall (click here for the UFF proposal). We will turn to regular bargaining later in the session.
Bargaining Link: https://fsu.zoom.us/j/97472039042
If you are a member of UFF, you are also welcome to our caucuses, which typically occur once or twice during bargaining and at its conclusion.
Caucus link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84593356253
We encourage you to show up! We had a good number of people at this last session, and we believe it made a difference.
Regular updates can be found at our webpage: https://uff-fsu.org/
The key to a strong collective bargaining agreement is a strong membership base, so if you are not a member, please join! There has never been a more important time for us to stand together. https://uff-fsu.org/wp/join/
Irene Padavic and Scott Hannahs
Co-Chief Negotiators, UFF-FSU