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USF System Chapter of the UFF

A New Contract for 2016-2019

On Monday, August 15, the chief negotiators for the USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida and the USF Administration tentatively agreed to a 2016-2019 contract.  Here is the Joint Statement from the UFF and the USF Administration:

The University of South Florida System and the United Faculty of Florida are pleased to announce the tentative agreement of a new three year collective bargaining agreement. Both parties are satisfied that the tentative agreement is fair and addresses the interests of the faculty. The tentative agreement requires ratification by the in-unit employees and the Board of Trustees.

Salary Increases

If ratified by both parties, the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) would provide a 7 % increase to in-unit employees covered by the USF-UFF CBA over 3 years:

  • 2016-17 increases: 3 % pool established and distributed at the departmental level based on evaluations.
  • 2017-18 increase 2 % pool established and distributed at the departmental level based on evaluations.
  • 2018-2019 increase: 2 % pool established and distributed at the departmental level based on evaluations.
  • In addition, the CBA includes 1% discretionary authority for salary adjustments in each year of the contract for a total of 3 % discretionary authority over 3 years.

The percentage raise for the instructor promotional track was increased from 6% to 9%.

The 2017-18 and 2018-19 increases, including discretionary increases, are contingent on no reduction in Performance Based Funding (“PBF”) based on August 1, 2016 PBF levels. Increases for tenure and promotion are excluded from the contingency.

Other Highlights

The CBA empowers each college to increase the probationary period for its tenure earning faculty up to 8 years, but with a minimum of 6 years. College guidelines will determine the length of the probationary period.

Any proposed changes in the appointment terms (i.e. offer letter) of an employee must be agreed to in writing by an employee except an increase in salary rate or promotion to a higher rank.

Instructors II and III and Associate and University Librarians may be offered continuing 3 year multi-year appointments.

Contract Language

Here is contract language to look at and compare:

We strongly recommend voting IN FAVOR of ratification.


The tentative agreement requires ratification by the in-unit employees covered by the CBA and the Board of Trustees.  Ballot packets will be in the mail to home addresses during the weekend of September 10, and ballots must be returned (in our hands) by September 29.  If you are an in-unit employee and you have not received your ballot packet by Sunday, September 18, contact the Chapter Secretary. The ballots will be counted at a special meeting of the Bargaining Council on September 30, at noon, in EDU 257.  All in-unit employees are invited to attend.

We thank our Chief Negotiator, Professor Bob Welker, and his bargaining team for their hard work.


Planning for Fall

We are planning for a recruitment campaign this fall.  If you are interested, contact the Services Committee chair, Adrienne Berarducci.

Tenure and Promotion

Newsletter Series on Performance, Evaluations, and the Reward Structure: Raises, Renewals, Tenure and Promotion

The newsletter is running a series of article on job performance, how it is evaluated, and how evaluations are translated into raises, renewals, tenure and promotion decisions.  This series was inspired by recent changes in the tenure and promotion guidelines at USF.  Articles thus far: