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.

Bargaining Update – Promotion Increases Delayed?

Today, your UFF-FSU bargaining team offered to immediately sign off on promotion increases of 12% for promotion to Associate and 15% for promotion to Full. Unfortunately, negotiations stalled because of the Administration’s insistence on linking promotion increases (the amounts of which are not in dispute) to Administrative Discretionary Increases (ADIs). We have been informed that promotion increases will be delayed. The UFF-FSU bargaining team believes that promotion increases should stand on their own as recognition for faculty who have earned them. The increases should not be contingent on negotiations about an unrelated issue.

Illustrating our good faith, we have agreed to 15 ADIs totaling $173,000 in the last ten days. The administration already has discretion for raises according to section 23.9(a)(6) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

We see the need to put through promotion raises immediately.

Taking a non-emergency item (ADI) off the table when so many important ones are pending would be detrimental to the bargaining team’s ability to get the best agreement possible for faculty. Several significant issues remain unresolved, such as a new performance evaluation system and job security issues for specialized faculty (NTTF).

While this delay is regrettable, the administration is fully able to implement promotion increases retroactively.

Your bargaining team remains committed to bargaining a fair and equitable agreement, and we look forward to returning to the table.

2011 Non-Recurring Merit Bonus Award Procedure Announced

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.

Memorandum to deans, chairs, and others regarding Merit Award guidelines and procedures for various classes of employees

UFF-BOT Memorandum of Agreement on Merit Awards

Worksheet to be completed by deans and chairs regarding distribution of Merit Awards