Bargaining Update August 21, 2013

The UFF and BOT bargaining teams met on Wednesday August 21.  Much progress has been made.  The teams tentatively signed an agreement on Winter Break dates.  Also signed were agreements on evaluations to include criteria for evaluating chairs of departments and on appendix A which was updated to include the new specialized faculty positions in the bargaining unit.

Further we came to an consensus on domestic partner benefits and hope to sign an Memorandum of Agreement on that issue at the next session.  Several options for salary increases and the implementation of the legislative increases were discussed.

Status of all articles being bargained this year.

Bargaining Update July 19, 2013, Memorandum on promotion raises

This Friday, July 19th, the UFF and the Board of Trustees negotiating teams reached an agreement on promotion raises.  This memorandum of agreement continues promotion raises at the same levels as last year.  This agreement was reached to avoid any delay in distributing promotion raises at the start of the fall term.  The increases will be 12% for a first promotion to associate level and 15% for a second promotion to the full level.
Art 23-Salaries MOA Promotions TA 2013-07-19

Bargaining Update July 15, 2013, two articles signed

The UFF and BOT bargaining teams met on Monday and reached tentative agreement on 2 articles (9 and 17).

The contract section on Assignment of Responsibilities (AOR) is amended. New language allows for on-line management of AOR forms and clarifies the status of Specialized Faculty to co-direct doctoral committees.
Art 9-Assignment of Responsibilities TA 2013-07-15

The contract section on Leaves was updated to change the number of hours of leave faculty can transfer into the University from prior Florida public-sector employment and to extend paid parental leave to faculty funded by Contracts and Grants whose grants allow for and fund it.
Art 17-Leaves TA 2013-07-15

Sections on priority for summer teaching, faculty-student relations, domestic partner benefits, sabbaticals and salaries are still under negotiation.

Incredible Shrinking Faculty

Among numerous figures reported to the Trustees by the FSU Administration last week was that the number of FSU tenure and tenure-earning faculty was down 9% from 2006/07 to 2011/12.  This figure appeared on p. 10 of the Academic Affairs agenda document at the BOT web site (see  It also aligns, generally speaking, with figures for FSU and other universities reported in a recent Florida Trend news story that also notes rapid growth in administrator ranks Read More →