ALEC-Modeled Anti-Union Bill Introduced in Florida House
State House Representative Scott Plakon (R-Seminole) just filed House Bill 11, an anti-public employee union bill that was originally created and promulgated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and that was introduced in other states. Were the bill to become law, it would effectively decertify public employee unions with membership rates below 50%. The bill would require yearly registration of bargaining units, to include salary and other financial information on its members. The legislation specifically but inexplicably exempts law enforcement and firefighters unions.
It is time to fight back against yet more attacks on public servants. Join us now!
AA Policy: Former Administrators Keep Admin Salary When Going Back to Faculty Roles
Faculty administrators are paid significantly more than their departmental same-rank peers. The argument for this is that one’s workload and hours change when going into administration. When or if those administrators go back to their faculty roles, this logic would suggest, they would go back to a normal faculty salary. Yet when administrators at UNF do go back to faculty ranks (voluntarily or not), they keep their administrative salary rate. The only adjustment is to nine months rather than twelve. And in most cases, they keep part or all of their stipends. In short, Academic Affairs policy ensures that once a faculty member joins the ranks of administration, he or she is to enjoy the better pay of administration forever. Not only is this policy unjust and inequitable, it is financially irresponsible.
When former administrators go back to normal faculty positions, they by default assume the same duties and responsibilities as their same-rank departmental peers. Ostensibly, a change back to a faculty role is a reduction in workload and stress (again, the rationale for significantly higher administrative pay is that administrative roles are more demanding than faculty roles). Despite moving into a less demanding role and perfomring the same work as their peers, these former administrators continue to make salaries that trump those of their departmental colleagues. This policy exacerbates compression and inversion, hurts faculty morale, and suggests that UNF administrators are more than happy to help themselves to more than their fair share of very limited funds.
The additional pay granted to former administrators is also financially untenable. Institutions in the SUS–and especially UNF–have recently struggled to maintain programs and staff. When seeking better compensation or benefits (to try to bring UNF out of the bottom of the SUS), faculty and staff have repeatedly been told that “there is no money.” It is increasingly hard to take such claims seriously in light of policies like this one.
Finally, the oft-cited rationale for paying bonuses to former administrators is seriously flawed. Justification for the policy seems to be based upon the proposition that in taking on administrative roles, faculty must make significant sacrifices (namely to their research agendas). While this may be true at research-intensive universities (R-1), that is not the context at UNF. Myriad chairs and deans continue their research agendas while serving as administrators. Were such a justification true, few Associate Professors would willingly take on administrative roles nor would we have seen numerous administrators promoted to Professor while working full time as administrators (and adding yet more to their administrators’ salaries). Logic would suggest that either administrators are able to maintain their scholarly agendas or some administrators are skimping on their administrative duties. It is also important to note that most administrators at UNF have opportunities to teach and to do service. In many cases, administrators have access to numerous professional opportunities for advancement that faculty do not.
The current policy is unjust and indefensible. Faculty and taxpayers should be outraged.
Sign Faculty Letter Opposing Appointment of Adam Hollingsworth to UNF Board of Trustees
We are circulating a letter opposing the appointment of Adam Hollingsworth to the UNF Board of Trustees. We ask that you, our UNF faculty, sign onto this letter. The greater the objection to this cronyism appointee–by a man who lied about his own academic background in order to obtain numerous jobs–the greater our impact.
If you are willing to be a signatory to the letter, please contact John W White.