2% vs. Inflation

Faculty salaries at UNF have not kept up with inflation. The 2% salary increase proposed by the BOT will not fix it.

Here are the facts:
Goal III of UNF’s Strategic Plan (approved by the Board of Trustees on 9-23-17) seeks to address faculty compensation as a way to attract, support and reward talented faculty and staff who promote student success. Among strategies to achieve this goal is an action item that would ensure regular standard of living salary adjustment for faculty and staff. Here’s a look at how we are doing.

 

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The Salary Issue: UNF Ranks Near the Bottom

 

Each year, the NEA Higher Education Advocate produces “The Special Salary Study” which compares salaries at universities and colleges nationwide to identify salary trends across institutions. The 2016-2017 Faculty Salary Report examines full-time faculty salaries for 9-10 month contracts in 1570 public institutions, with state data grouped by level of degree offered. The full report can be viewed HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:  NEA Higher Education Advocate, 36(2), PAGE 18

Compared to the other doctoral granting institutions in Florida’s State University system,

  • UNF ranks 8th of 10 in average salary for Professors,
  • UNF ranks 9th of 10 in average salary for Associate Professors,
  • UNF ranks 9th of 10 in average salary for Assistant Professors,
  • UNF ranks 10th of 10 in average salary for Instructors, and
  • UNF ranks 9th of 10 in overall average salary for full-time faculty.

UNF was the only doctoral granting institution in Florida’s State University system to experience a negative change (-0.1%) in salary from the 2015-16 academic year to the 2016-17 academic year.

 

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Summer Requirements

The assignment of a course during a summer term does not include other credit-generating activities such as thesis or dissertation supervision, directed individual studies, supervised teaching or research/scholarship, or supervision of interns.  No faculty member shall be required to undertake such activities without compensation.  Furthermore, faculty members who have not been assigned a summer course shall not be required to undertake committee work without compensation.

Summer Office Hours.  Faculty members shall maintain not less than two (2) office hours per week for the first course they are assigned to teach during the summer and one (1) office hour per week for each additional course they are assigned to teach during the summer, up to a maximum of five (5) office hours per week.  Faculty members shall also be available by appointment during the summer term in which they are teaching.

For full details see the CBA, Article 17: Summer Appointments and Assignments: Current Collective Bargaining Agreement

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Union Membership Helps you Save Money!

UFF members are automatically members of NEA, AFT, and FEA, and get access their benefits programs.

  • $1 million employment liability coverage
  • Two free 30-minute consultations with a participating attorney each year.
  • Free financial planning services and consumer information
  • Free classroom resources
  • Special rates on auto and home loans, mortgages, auto and home insurance policies, and disability insurance
  • Discounts on hotels, auto buying, car rentals, moving costs, cellular phone plans, computers, books and media, dining, theme park tickets, movie tickets, and pet insurance.
  • Scholarship programs for members’ children.
  • The Union Plus credit card. After 3 months as a cardholder, you maybe be eligible for hardship grants.  All grants approved for eligible cardholders are made by check and you never have to pay them back.

Be sure to explore member benefits available from NEA (National Education Association) and AFT (American Federation of Teachers).  You belong to both national organizations through UFF.  You also belong to the state union, the FEA (Florida Education Association).

AFT Member Benefits:  www.aft.org/about/member-benefits

NEA Member Benefits: www.neamb.com

FEA Member Benefits: www.feaweb.org/member-benefits

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Union Dues may be Tax Deductible

As an UFF-UNF member, your dues are typically deducted from your paycheck and are considered after-tax deductions, meaning tax is withheld from your paycheck before your dues are paid.

Please consult with the IRS and your tax specialist to find out about the union dues tax deduction.

Note: Union dues may only be deductible if you itemize on Schedule A, but not if you take the standard deduction. To find out if you qualify for a deduction, you need to calculate your AGI (Adjusted Gross Income), as well as all unreimbursed employee expenses (see link). Your union dues may be considered part of these “unreimbursed employee expenses.”

Refer to this link for more information on unreimbursed employee expenses:

https://www.irs.gov/publications/p529/ar02.html#en_US_2016_publink100026912

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