Ratification Vote on Approved Departmental Guidelines

Dear Colleagues:

Voting on ratification of approved Guidelines, per our CBA, will take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on November 18 and 19 (Monday and Tuesday) in Biology, 1st floor conference room (59/1001). Please see the message sent on November 01 for additional information about Guidelines and the ratification process.

This fall, we will vote on the following Departmental Guidelines, which have all been approved by the respective Department Faculty, Chair, Dean, and the Provost:

  • Art and Design: Tenure and Promotion
  • Health Administration: Evaluation
  • Psychology: Promotions for Instructors, Promotion to Full Professor
  • Public Health: Annual Evaluation Worksheet

All in-unit faculty (from any college and any department) may vote on ratification of these approved Guidelines, which are also attached to this email for your review.

Thank you,
John Hatle
UNF-UFF Nominations and Elections Chair

Please contact John Hatle (jhatle@unf.edu) with questions.

UFF-UNF stands with our UNF community.

Statement of Unity

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.

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.


Bargaining November 1, 2019

Date: 11/1/19
Time: 10am-1pm.
Location: Building 57 (College of Education & Human Services), Room 2010.

Faculty presence at bargaining makes a difference. Please come! You do not have to arrive on time and you do not have to stay the entire time. Just come when you are available and stay as long your schedule allows.

Watch the November 1 bargaining session HERE.

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October 18
UNF-UFF Bargaining

The teams discussed the proposed Task Force on Compression and Inversion with the BOT team proposing that in lieu of the task force that the matter be discussed at the bargaining table. The UFF team responded that it originally was the BOT team”s proposal for a task force, but that they would take the proposal under consideration.

The BOT team circulated salary data from various schools which they stated were peers. The UFF team responded with questions as to the choice of the schools and asked why the BOT team was not focusing on Florida SUS schools as the current UNF Strategic Plan focuses upon and that were the focus of the last bargaining session. 

The BOT team offered an amended salary proposal. After questions regarding its amount and format, the UFF team responded that they would further review the proposal.

Both teams heard from a management expert who described the impacts of UNFs salary structure on faculty, department, and university performance, and the impacts of the salary structure on long-term recruitment and retention of faculty. Based on UNF’s low salary structure relative to other Florida SUS schools, it was the opinion of the expert that UNF’s salary structure poses adverse impacts for performance, recruitment and retention and will pose challenges for UNF in meeting its future goals.

Bargaining Summary & Links

Watch the September 27, 2019 Bargaining Session HERE. The Faculty bargaining team presented data on the history of salary depression at UNF, and discussed a need to work collaboratively with the BOT team to move faculty salaries to the median level compared to other institutions with the state university system (SUS). The Board of Trustees set a goal for the UNF administration to 1) raise faculty “above the median” among peer and SUS institutions and 2) to ensure regular cost of living adjustment increases. Chief Negotiator, Greg Gundlach, delivered the Faculty team’s presentation and it starts around the 11:00 mark.

The PDF of the presentation slides can be accessed HERE.

The PDF of the Compression & Inversion proposal can be found HERE.

The teams broke to caucus and the session resumed a bit later. The second portion of the session starts at 39:45.

Chart: UNF is in bold red. To the right is the impact of the 2.5% raise proposed by the BOT vs. the percentage increase (>17%) needed to move UNF to just above the SUS median.

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). 

BOT Proposals for Contract Changes

The BOT bargaining team proposed the following three articles. Salary, Evaluations, and Tenure.

You are encouraged to review the proposals. Changes are indicated in red. Redactions are struck through.

Your UNF-UFF Chapter

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.


CBA 2017-2020 Information

The full document can be viewed HERE.  A chart with the individual articles can be found HERE.

2017-2020 CBA: How Does It Affect You?

CBA 2017-2020 highlights presentation


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