The following guidelines and procedures have been announced for 2011 non-recurring merit bonus awards. As per the Memorandum of Agreement between UFF-FSU and the FSU Board of Trustees, bonuses will average $750 per faculty FTE and will be distributed based on established departmental evaluation procedures.
Report on University Welfare
for Faculty Senate, September 21st, 2011
By Professor Jack Fiorito, UFF-FSU President
The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for 2010-13 was
finally printed and distributed. If you do not have your copy please let me know.
Bargaining on re-openers for 2011-12 commenced in May, with salaries (Art. 23) automatically re-opened and each side allowed to select two more articles. The Administration/BOT team chose Performance Evaluation (Art. 10) and Tenure (Art. 15), while the UFF faculty team chose Academic Freedom and Responsibility (Art. 5) and Benefits (Art. 24). By mutual agreement, the teams will also re-negotiate the Salary Plan for Professors (Art. 25), and long-gestating Non-Tenure Track Faculty issues that cut across several articles.
The UFF-FSU bargaining team, and its counterpart representing the Board of Trustees, have signed off on a memorandum of agreement concerning Winter Break. Ratification of this and other MOAs and article reopeners (e.g. the previously announced MOA on merit pay and the renegotiated version of Article 23 [Salaries]) will be held later this semester.
Members of the UFF-FSU bargaining unit at the FSU School (Florida High) vote today (September 1) on their new 2011-2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Voting is taking place from 7:30-12:10 and 1:05-3:30 in front of the FSU School library.
[Posted on behalf of Robin Goodman, UFF-FSU Chapter Secretary and Bargaining Team Member]
The UFF-FSU bargaining team is happy to announce that at the August 8th bargaining session the BOT team acknowledged our cogent arguments on most positions. And more: due to UFF’s persistence and diligence at the bargaining table, the Board of Trustees’ team agreed to give us not only the 3% performance-based increase with a $1,500 floor, not only the $750 per FTE merit bonus based on the department/unit merit procedure evaluations completed in Spring semester 2011, not only the expected promotion raises, but also an additional $150 bonus funds per FTE of merit for deans to distribute!
We thank everyone in the bargaining unit for your patience and support during these difficult negotiations.
We also are grateful to the administration for their continued willingness to return to the bargaining table. Their ability to understand our position in defense of the contract language regarding departmental merit evaluation criteria and procedures was key in reaching these agreements. In the end, we were able to reach consensus on how meritorious and deserving of recognition so many of our faculty have proven to be. We laud you on your accomplishments!
The new salary amounts are effective immediately, with no money lost due to the delay.
When the new semester begins, we will be asking you to ratify these agreements.