If your contractual rights have been violated, you may be able to pursue redress by filing a grievance. A "grievance" is a formal complaint that the contract (the Collective Bargaining Agreement) was violated. Grievances can include mishandling of annual evaluations, or tenure or promotion applications; inappropriate assignments; incorrect pay; violations of academic freedom (including the right to govern one's own class, to participate in faculty governance, to write or speak on subjects in one's own discipline); and retribution. Unfortunately, simple stupidity or malice is not in itself grievable (it has to be an identifiable violation of the contract), but grievable actions can arise out of stupidity or malice.
Four important things:
If you believe that you were or may have been a victim of a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, contact your local Grievance Committee representative without delay:
Remember, the Collective Bargaining Agreement will not protect your rights unless you stand up for yourself.
This summer, we will meet at CDB Italian Restaurant just east of USF Tampa at 5104 E. Fowler Ave., on the Fridays May 17, May 31, and June 14, at 12 noon. We will meet at USF St. Petersburg on June 28 and USF Sarasota Manateee on July 19, at 12 noon at locations TBA.
This fall, we will meet at the Fridays August 30, September 13 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 8 & 22, and December 6, at 12 noon. All meetings will be at a location TBA on USF Tampa, except for for the September 27 meeting at USF St. Petersburg and the October 25 meeting at USF Sarasota / Manatee.
All UFF USF employees, dues-paying UFF members and non-members, are invited. Come and join the movement.
Minutes of past meetings are posted on-line.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that to make their voice heard by politicians, they have to put their money where their mouth is. And so the United Faculty of Florida makes campaign contributions to politicians to help make our voice heard. For more, and for ways to make contributions to the UFF Political Action Committee, click here.
Florida has a right to know
The State of Florida has just launched a Florida Has a Right to Know : Holding Government Accountable site listing salaries of all state and university employees.
The terms and conditions of employment of all USF employees within the UFF USF Bargaining Unit are governed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (PDF). Employees in the UFF USF Bargaining Unit include most faculty outside of Health Sciences (although Nursing and Public Health are in the unit) excluding most chairs (but Arts & Science and Education chairs are in the unit), and many professionals (including librarians, assistants & associates, many advisors, etc.); the complete list is on Appendix A of the contract.