Context: The current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is a three-year contract effective until June 30, 2017.
Upcoming Bargaining Dates: TBD
Location: Thomas G. Carpenter Library, second floor, suite 2400
Message from UFF President Rebecca Marcon, 10/23/17
Here is where things stand with bargaining as we enter the tenth week of the fall semester.
- Your faculty team is ready and has been ready since August to bargain. They worked throughout the summer to review and revise as needed each section of the contract and develop new proposals such as family leave.
- Your faculty team accepted the very earliest bargaining date (September 1) offered by the Board of Trustees (BOT) bargaining team. We presented a number of proposals but received none from the BOT team including no proposed salary increase. At the end of the session (which can be viewed at http://unf-uff.org/) the faculty team made multiple attempts to schedule the next bargaining session but the BOT team was not ready to do so.
- Your faculty team has been trying for the past 7 weeks to schedule a second bargaining session but the BOT team has not accepted any of the five dates we offered (10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1) nor have they indicated when they would be willing to return to the bargaining table.
As President of the United Faculty of Florida chapter this greatly concerns me because faculty want to negotiate, are ready to negotiate, have blocked off time to negotiate, and have repeatedly asked to negotiate with the BOT team. With Florida law requiring sufficient notice for scheduling a public meeting it looks like the bargaining session we had hoped to have this Friday is now also off the table. Two Friday holidays in November and notice that the BOT team is not available on November 17, leaves us with just two remaining dates (11/3 and 12/1) to bargain this semester. Your faculty team will show up and we hope that you will, too.
2017-18 BARGAINING TEAMS
Mark Ari, English, co-Chief Negotiator
Greg Gundlach, Marketing
Zornitza Prodanoff, Computing
Jennie Ziegler, English
Leonard Carson*, Chief Negotiator
Marianne Jaffee, Academic Affairs
Catherine Christie, BCOH Associate Dean
David Jaeger, Accounting & Finance
Marc Snow, UNF Legal Counsel
Greg Catron, Human Resources
John Kantner, Institutional Research
* Leonard Carson of Carson & Adkins Attorneys (Tallahassee) is an outside attorney paid by UNF to lead contract negotiations. Candi Churchill (Gainesville) is a field officer for the United Faculty of Florida.