United Faculty of Florida -- USF System Chapter
10 July 2014
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Chapter Meeting Tomorrow Noon near USF Tampa at CDB Restaurant
The UFF USF Chapter will meet tomorrow Friday at 12 noon east of CDB Restaurant at 5104 E. Fowler: for a map, click here. There will be pizza, salad, and drinks. All UFF USF employees - UFF members and non-members alike - are invited.
The summer schedule for Chapter Meetings will be on alternate Fridays, at 12 noon, on July 11 & 25, and August 8 & 22. Meetings will be at CDB Restaurant.
Don't Forget to Vote in the Primaries!
It's the primary elections that determine who the parties will run in the November general election, so make sure to vote in the primaries. The primary election is on August 26, and the deadline to register to vote is July 28. In addition, the Florida Education Association is encouraging everyone to vote by mail. For details on how to vote by mail, click here.
USF Tampa Climate Survey and Evaluations
We encourage all USF Tampa faculty to fill out the USF Tampa Faculty Senate's Climate Survey and their evaluation surveys of USF President Judy Genshaft and USF Provost Ralph Wilcox. For more information about the survey and the evaluations, click here. To fill in the survey and the evaluations, go via the USF log-on, and there will be announcements at the left from "Faculty Org": those are the survey and evaluations.
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If you have been the victim of a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, you have thirty days from the time you knew or should have known of the violation to file a grievance. If you are, and at the time of the violation were, a dues-paying member of the United Faculty of Florida, you have the right to union representation. To contact the UFF USF Grievance Committee, go to the online contact form. For more information, see our web-page on grievances.
IN THIS ISSUE
New Contract up for Ratification
The Chief Negotiator for the United Faculty of Florida (representing USF faculty and professionals in the Bargaining Unit) and the Chief Negotiator for the USF Administration (representing the Board of Trustees) have tentatively agreed to a new contract, the 2014 - 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
In order to come into force, this contract must be ratified by both the employees in the UFF USF Bargaining Unit (that's all employees, both UFF members and non-members, as the contract covers all employees).
(If the contract is not ratified, we would have to go back to bargaining a successor to the old contract.)
- The UFF will mail ballot packets to the home addresses of all UFF USF employees. All UFF USF employees are strongly encouraged to vote on whether to ratify the new contract. The UFF USF Chapter President, our Chief Negotiator and Bargaining Team, and the UFF USF Executive Committee strongly recommend voting in favor of ratification.
- If the UFF USF employees vote in favor of ratification, the contract will be presented to the USF Board of Trustees. If the Board votes in favor of ratification, the contract will come into force.
The ballot packets will be mailed as soon as possible, hopefully next week: we will broadcast a Biweekly Extra when they are mailed. For details on the new contract, click here or see below.
UFF and USF Administration Sign Final Language on Tentative Agreement:
Ratification Vote will be by Mail to Home Addresses
On July 2, 2014, representatives of the United Faculty of Florida and the USF Board of Trustees signed the "final language" of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). If ratified, the CBA will:
The new CBA, if ratified, will also preserve the existing layoff article in the contract. This layoff article has been used in grievance arbitrations across the state to protect jobs at other Florida universities.
- Provide an average 4.0 % merit raise,
- Bar discrimination based on gender identity and expression,
- Strengthen employees' first right to supplemental summer assignments, and
- Discourage teaching assignments that leave less than twelve hours between the end of the last class of the day and the beginning of the first class of the next day.
A PDF file of the tentative agreement is posted on-line (click here).
Here are the details. The language of the current 2010 - 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement remains in effect, with the following changes:
- Article 3 on UFF Privileges: Returns the number of UFF units of released time to the pre-2010 level.
- Article 6 on Nondiscrimination: Adds gender identity and expression to classes of non-discrimination.
- Article 8 on Appointment: Deletes outdated promotion increase language and adds new promotion increase language for non-tenure earning career track position.
Adds language regarding employees' first right to available supplemental summer instructional appointments.
Continues during the three-year term of the Collective Bargaining Agreement the summer salary cap of $ 12,500 for a three-hour credit course except courses offered through innovative education.
Deletes compensation for Theses and Dissertation Hours supervision in summer school.
- Article 9 on Assignment of Responsibilities: "... the end of the last face-to-face (i.e. not online) assignment and the beginning of the next face-to-face assignment is no less than twelve (12) hours," if practicable.
- Article 17 on Leaves: Deletes language regarding accrued sick leave pertaining to transfer of credits, retention and restoration.
Discontinues donated sick leave program, but not the sick leave pool program.
Allows the University to develop a voluntary sick leave buy-back program.
Discontinues payment for unused sick leave for employees appointed on or after January 1, 2014.
- Article 22 on Professional Development Program and Sabbaticals: Deletes reference to two-thirds (2/3) pay sabbaticals and corrects a typo.
- Article 23 on Salaries: Confirms the State of Florida Across the Board Increase (the competitive pay adjustment distributed last fall).
4.0% department /unit merit salary pool distributed to employees with at least a 3.0 (satisfactory) on their most recent annual evaluation.
University has the discretionary authority to distribute 1.0% of salary base over the three-year term of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Article 24 on Benefits: Provides for appointment of 3 system-wide committees regarding:
- Tuition assistance for spouses and children of employees,
- Evaluation by students of employees’ teaching, and
- Use of employees’ teaching work product by the University.
- Article 28 on Severability: Added language regarding the right of the parties to challenge actions by third parties to invalidate provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Article 29 on Amendment and Duration: This is a three-year contract ending on August 7, 2017.
For the second and third years of the contract, there will be "re-opener" bargaining. The salary article will be re-opened (to discuss bonuses and raises) and in addition, each party may re-open two articles in a re-opener - except that the following articles cannot be re-opened except by mutual agreement of the parties: Article 3 on UFF Privileges, Article 4 on Reserved Rights, Article 13 on Layoff and Recall, Article 14 on Promotion Procedure, and Article 15 on Tenure.
The UFF USF Chapter President, Executive Committee, and Bargaining Team strongly recommend in favor of voting for ratification.
Questions and Answers on the Tentative Agreement
Q. IF THE CONTRACT IS RATIFIED, WHEN WILL FACULTY AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES RECEIVE RAISES?
A. The tentative agreement requires that 2014 raises be implemented within six weeks of the Trustees' ratification of the agreement (which ratification must come within three weeks after UFF bargaining unit ratification). Administrators have told chapter leaders that they hope raises will be implemented well before the deadline.
Q. IF THE CONTRACT IS NOT RATIFIED, WHAT HAPPENS?
A. UFF Executive Director Ed Mitchell says that if the bargaining unit fails to ratify the tentative agreement, UFF and the Board of Trustees returns to the bargaining process.
Q. HOW CAN I GET ANSWERS TO OTHER QUESTIONS I HAVE?
A. Contact Chapter President Arthur Shapiro or Chief Negotiator Robert Welker.
Again, the current 2010 - 2013 Collective Bargaining Agreement is posted online and the proposed 2014 - 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement up for ratification is also posted online.
Chapter Meeting tomorrow Friday, July 11, at 12 noon at CDB Restaurant at 5104 E. Fowler Ave., just east of USF Tampa..
There will be pizza, salad, and drinks. All UFF members are invited to attend. Non-members are also invited to come and check us out. Come and join the movement.
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