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While attending bargaining sessions makes an impact on session outcomes, we know not everyone is able to go each time. In an effort to keep faculty informed, UFF-UNF will live-stream bargaining sessions. Further, you can find previous bargaining session videos posted here.
Most Recent Bargaining Sessions
Impact Bargaining, June 11, 2020
Bargaining teams from UFF-UNF and UNF-BOT met virtually on June 11, 2020 to discuss a prior proposal by UFF-UNF (4.30.2020, 6.3.2020) that requested UNF to formally agree to adopt and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines during the exigency of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adherence to the CDC guidelines was requested by UFF-UNF (4.3.2020) and also by the UNF COVID-19 Task Force (4.27.2020), the Florida Board of Governors (5.20.2020), UFF-UNF/UNF Faculty Association (6.2.2020), and the UFF/Florida Education Association (6.3.2020). Together with an amended proposal, the UFF-UNF team presented additional information in support of their request, including the results of a UNF survey and testimonials by faculty. Through its Chief Negotiator (Mr. Mike Mattimore), the UNF-BOT offered language addressing UFF-UNF’s request. The teams agreed to review one another’s proposals and meet again in the near future. The UFF-UNF team’s proposal and presentation materials can be viewed here. The UNF-BOT language can be viewed here.
Impact Bargaining, June 3, 2020
Impact Bargaining, April 17, 2020
Bargaining, March 13, 2020
Bargaining, February 21, 2020
Bargaining, January 8, 2020
A portion of the 1/8/2020 session can be viewed here. There has been a tricky platform change and new streaming app interface that has proved challenging. As we work through the new platforms there have been some hiccups. We do hope this free and volunteer service improves as the tech gets sorted out. We appreciate your patience, and we are certainly glad we can provide even a partial recording of the latest bargaining session. It is regrettable we have another session only partly captured. Our apologies.
Bargaining, December 3, 2019
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.
Bargaining, October 18, 2019
Regrettably, a large section of this session is without sound, which is a result of an external microphone failing. Please accept our apology for not having sound for the full record of the session.
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, September 27, 2019
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.
Bargaining, September 6, 2019
Past Bargaining Sessions
Bargaining, August 29, 2018
Bargaining, August 2, 2018
Par 1: https://youtu.be/LFcI77bj5Bg
Part 2: https://youtu.be/0fZNhoujjC0
Part 3: https://youtu.be/anD5tHgCYG0
Part 4: https://youtu.be/9Gh5mVbCjiI
Part 5: https://youtu.be/tgIs5DCi2l4
Part 6: https://youtu.be/XlMut_9_D-I
Bargaining, August 1, 2018
Bargaining, June 19, 2018
**Streaming and recording service was disrupted at a few points during part 2. This technical issue was unfortunate and unavoidable. Please know we worked as quickly as we could to analyze and resolve the issue, and are happy to report it was eventually resolved.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/1Y_U6hUO0sQ
Part 2: https://youtu.be/XGLv3UejKYs
Part 3: https://youtu.be/oTLht-wQvWs
Bargaining, June 05, 2018
Bargaining, May 22, 2018
Bargaining, May 17, 2018
Part 1: https://youtu.be/IgWQQMLuFy4
Part 2: https://youtu.be/qoLa89EJjfs
Part 3: https://youtu.be/uCCb_oZ8p14
Part 4: https://youtu.be/NB8r0B3oEdg
Part 5: https://youtu.be/MPuGFhiyYG8
Part 6: https://youtu.be/qQmUrncIIAE
Bargaining, May 3, 2018
Bargaining, April 19, 2018
On April 19, the Administration and BOT proposed several changes to articles 17-21. Those proposals can be viewed HERE.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/9LFT5Dn2yOg
Part 2: https://youtu.be/g2RnrILAslc
Bargaining, April 6, 2018
Here is a detailed update on our last bargaining session.
All proposals put forth by our United Faculty of Florida (UFF) team and those we have received from the Board of Trustees (BOT) team can be viewed on the UFF-UNF website (UFF proposals, BOT proposals).
Watch the 4/6/18 bargaining session at these thinks below:
Part 1: https://youtu.be/wPN5d1jYw0s
Part 2: https://youtu.be/gsuD6qfYOLI
Part 3: https://youtu.be/uTtnjmZNZDk
Part 4: https://youtu.be/UseXU_-eloQ
Part 5: https://youtu.be/9NAlbfRmVFc
Bargaining, March 2, 2018
Part 1: https://youtu.be/q5Ydr3wAnmE
Summary: The administration’s bargaining team presents its position on salary and funding priorities. The faculty team reiterates that salary increases are possible when they are made a priority–a fact outline by Shari Schuman the March 1. The administration proposes a bulk proposal, although still in draft form, that addresses all open articles. The BOT Package Proposal can be viewed HERE. Shared governance is not included. Family leave would only be parental leave, which can be taken once in a faculty member’s career, and only after their sick leave has been drained. Clinical ranks, and several other articles are discussed.
Part 2: https://youtu.be/K0RP5K33IVY
Summary: The faculty bargaining team rebuts several of the assertions made by the administration in the earlier session. Faculty insists on reasons for why the administration is rejecting all but one of the proposals outlined previously. The administration does not provide their reasoning. Data is presented related to pay inequity for women and minority faculty members, and faculty reiterate their commitment to a joint study on this matter. Data related to compression and inversion of salaries is given as well. Faculty stress the educational importance of a healthy ratio of full-time and adjunct faculty for summer courses. Questions about the requirement for librarians to go up for promotion are posed. Faculty rebut the assertion that paid family leave should be for new parents only, that faculty can only choose one child in their career to dedicate this kind of time to, that men and pregnant women should be forced to take sick leave when they are not sick, as well as several other problems the administration’s proposal raises.
Part 3: https://youtu.be/cGJ8gg9sd5M
Summary: The faculty bargaining team and the BOT team schedule the next bargaining session.
Bargaining, March 1, 2018
Part 1: https://youtu.be/ov_pjbGq86Q
Summary: Shari Schuman answers questions on fund sources and responds to UFF-UNF concerns about funding priorities and the financial management of the university.
Part 2: https://youtu.be/IKOnoq_0pgM
Summary: UFF-UNF presented its salary proposal, which can be read HERE. Other supporting documents can be found HERE. The presentation recalls the failure of the university to uphold its strategic plan by providing regular cost of living increases. It also shows how UNF is doing less in this regard than other SUS institutions. The UFF-UNF bargaining team presents data that raises concerns about salary and promotion inequities based on gender and race. The team proposes a timeline for a joint UNF and UFF-UNF study on this matter. As well, the UFF team seeks to end the peculiar and expensive practice of paying former administrators who return to faculty their administrator salaries for jobs they no longer perform. Finally, two UFF Faculty members presented on continuing compression/inversion discrepancies the unfairness of which causes faculty to suffer financially and in terms of morale. They make the case that this would be relatively inexpensive to fix, though it gets more expensive each year that the situation is not addressed.
Bargaining, January 26, 2018
Part 1: https://youtu.be/JBTUKivckGo
Part 2: https://youtu.be/lG9fB8W9Rfc
Bargaining, January 25, 2018
Part 1: https://youtu.be/9wmqqSQ4dsM
Part 2: https://youtu.be/F7kfI1CJA2I
Bargaining, January 12, 2018
December 1, 2017
Part 1: https://youtu.be/1EDwc-mXyVE
Part 1 run time: 1:30:10. Summary: UNF’s faculty bargaining team outlines and justifies all proposed changes to the contract. Outside counsel, Leonard Carson, outlines proposed changes on behalf of the Administration. The context for the Administration’s document presented in Part 1 can be found in Part 2, where outside counsel, Leonard Carson, makes clear that the 269 page document is both incomplete and subject to change. We highly recommend watching Part 2.
Part 2: https://youtu.be/CPzuixBpq78
Part 2 run time: 34:03. Summary: This is the one to watch if you are interested in context. The faculty team pressed outside counsel, Leonard Carson, about the proposals he submitted on behalf of the administration. Mr. Carson stated repeatedly that these were all subject to change and he was not prepared to sign a single article he presented. As a result, the UFF-faculty team does not consider these formal proposals, but rather drafts. We were told that at the next session in January we would finally receive formal proposals. Further, the faculty team and Mr. Carson engaged in a question and answer session about some of the content and intent of the administration’s draft.
September 1, 2017