Our next bargaining session is scheduled for this Tuesday. Please come!
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 1:00- 4:00 p.m.
Location: UNF Library 2nd floor – Suite 2400
Faculty presence during this bargaining session is very important. Stop by whenever you can and stay for as long you can. Come support your Faculty team. If you cannot attend, the session will be live-streamed for your convenience, and the video(s) will be uploaded after the meeting concludes.
The live stream link is here.
Results of November 18 & 19 Ratification Vote
Congratulations! All Departmental Guidelines put forward for ratification in fall 2019 were approved by faculty. They now await ratification by the Board of Trustees.
Department Guidelines Ratified by Faculty: Art, Art History, and Design: Tenure and Promotion; Health Administration: Evaluation; Psychology: Promotion for Instructors, Promotions to Full Professor; Public Health: Annual Evaluation Worksheet
Bargaining November 1, 2019
The UNF-UFF and UNF-BOT team met on November 1, 2019 for their 4th bargaining session for 2019-2020. The meeting follows from the requirements of Article 38.2 of the UNF CBA that requires specific articles to be “reopened” and bargained in the third year of the 2017-2020 CBA.
The UNF-UFF team opened the session providing documentation for their prior position that the faculty salary structure at UNF was at, or near, the bottom of SUS institutions and has been for more than a decade and in support of their salary proposal to begin to address the excessively low faculty salary structure at UNF.
- The team showed prior minutes of the BOT meeting which documented that the current UNF Strategic Plan establishes an action item for the administration to raise faculty salaries “…to be above the median of peer and SUS institutions by discipline and rank…” was approved by the BOT in 2017, that the plan spans 2017-2024, and according to the BOT, “will be used as a working document for the new president.”
- The team presented data from the College and University Professional Association and provided by the UNF-BOT team that documented that UNF faculty average salaries are 16% below the median of other SUS institutions. The team observed that these data are consistent with data provided by the National Education Association which shows that UNF faculty average salaries are 17% below other SUS institutions.
- The team offered evidence that the peer institutions identified by the UNF-BOT team did not exist on UNF’s website. Moreover, the team offered evidence, based on communications with Institutional Research, that the data provided by the UNF-BOT team did not reflect any known list at UNF.
- The team provided evidence that, based on review of SUS contracts, that UNF’s prior raise of 2% in combination with UNF-BOT’s proposed raise was, in fact, unremarkable. The team also cited a 2017 letter documenting that the UNF-BOT agreed with Coastal Florida PBA to an 8% raise for all employees under that union.
- The team presented statistical evidence that, due to the lack of retroactivity to the beginning of the school year, that UNF-BOT’s salary proposal did not amount to 3% as claimed and the true amount was less for many faculty.
- The team showed that due to increases in the cost of living over the last 3 years (i.e., increases in the level of prices relating to a range of everyday purchases), UNF-BOT’s salary proposal and prior year salary increase for UNF faculty were less than increases in the cost of living; leaving faculty economically worse off.
Drawing on the above, the UNF-UFF team again appealed to the UNF-BOT team to “acknowledge the facts,” and work together with the UNF-UFF team to address the excessively low faculty salary structure at UNF and to reach agreement on a new faculty salary structure that met the UNF-BOT’s stated goals and that would enable UNF to attain “national prominence” as envisioned by the new president.
The UNF-UFF team continued its presentation of information to inform salary discussions. Having focused in the past on comparing UNF faculty salaries to faculty salaries at other SUS institutions, the UNF-UFF team presented data comparing the salaries of UNF administrators to UNF faculty. The data revealed that over the last 10 years, the salaries of UNF administrator increased 25% while UNF faculty salaries rose only 15%. The UNF-UFF team questioned the basis of the UNF administration providing itself with increases amounting to 25% across time, while providing faculty with only a 10% increase. The UNF-UFF team further questioned the basis of the UNF administration provided itself salary increases while UNF faculty salaries were at or near the bottom of institutions in the SUS.
The UNF-UFF team then presented its salary proposal of a 9% across the board increase for faculty including full retroactivity to the beginning of the school year and inclusive of all faculty in the bargaining unit as of August 5, 2019. The UNF-UFF team also presented called-for provisions addressing additional awards and salary increases.
Watch the November 1 bargaining session HERE.
UFF-UNF stands with our UNF community.
Statement of Unity
We pledge to stand with and for those who are the most vulnerable members of our community and to take actions that help our students and fellow employees feel safe and know that they are safe. We affirm UNF’s unreserved commitment to student success within a diverse, supportive campus culture. We seek to embody the ideals of a free and democratic society, and we fully support and value each member of our community.
UNF stands in unity and solidarity with all members of our community, regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or country of origin. We are proud of the diversity in our students, faculty and staff.We strongly condemn acts of hate and bigotry as antithetical to the university’s core values of mutual respect and civility. Actions and words that seek to deny human beings full membership in the broader moral community on the basis of arbitrary characteristics are intolerable. We stand opposed to violence in language or in action, and we see these as a threat to the mission of UNF as a public university that is committed to intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness.
UFF-UNF Proposals for Contract Changes
On September 6, 2019, following the requirements of Article 38.2 (Reopener), the UFF-UNF bargaining team proposed changes to four (4) Articles in the 2017-2020 UNF-UFF Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
UFF-UNF proposed (or provided notice of) the following:
- An across the board increase to each eligible faculty members pay of an amount TBD based on data to be presented on September 27, 2019 (Article 30 Salary Increases and Salary Payments),
- An increase in release time to faculty designated by the UFF for the purpose of carrying out the UFF’s obligations in representing faculty in representing and administering the UNF-UFF CBA (Article 4.4 (UFF Rights),
- Removal of a waiver that previously relinquished the rights of UFF-UNF to bargain the pay of administrators returning to the faculty who had no previous faculty salary (Article 12 Appointments), and
- Removal of waivers that previously relinquished the rights of faculty involved in grievance procedures and arbitration (Article 33 Grievance Procedures and Arbitration).
The UNF chapter of the United Faculty of Florida represents all UNF tenure-line faculty, instructors & lecturers, and visiting professors on all labor-related contract negotiations (roughly 600 full-time faculty). With the exception of faculty currently holding administrative posts and adjuncts, all UNF faculty are considered “in unit” and are covered under the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiated by our chapter and university administration. Only active members of the union, however, receive additional union-related benefits (including union representation in the grievance/arbitration processes). Join Here
From The Distinguished Professor
If you were in class on Wednesday, April 17th, and unable to attend Convocation, you missed a riveting speech by Dr. David Jaffee, this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Professor award. Here is a link to his message, which is timely, tack-sharp, and elegantly expressed. Congratulations, Dr. Jaffee, and congratulations to all who received awards. Dr. Jaffee, and nearly two-thirds of the other award recipients, are members of UFF-UNF.