Members of the Faculty Bargaining Unit, I am writing to share with you some of the background on the remarkable announcement of last week: That the cleaners and janitors at FIU are being brought back as state employees, represented by a union, with significantly higher wages and benefits. As you probably recall, the reputation of the University of Miami took an ugly hit last spring when the administration and Board of Trustees at UM resisted… Continue reading


Vote on your 2005-2008 Collective Bargaining Agreement United Faculty of Florida Florida International University RATIFICATION BULLETIN BOT-UFF Collective Bargaining Agreement 2005-2008 Vote on your 2005-2008 Collective Bargaining Agreement: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 (Biscayne Bay Campus) or Wednesday, February 15, 2006 (University Park and Engineering Center) The United Faculty of Florida at FIU negotiators and the FIU Board of Trustees (BOT) negotiators reached tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on December 30, 2005.… Continue reading


TO: FIU Community FROM: Ronald M. Berkman, Acting Provost Alan Gummerson, UFF-FIU Chapter President RE: New Collective Bargaining Agreement DATE: January 9, 2005 We are very pleased to announce that UFF and FIU have concluded a new collective bargaining agreement. This agreement provides the foundation necessary to support our academic community and our mission of providing quality teaching, research, and public service. Many colleagues have committed countless hours and energy to make this agreement possible.… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, To begin, let me report on two actions the UFF has taken that we hope will make the holidays brighter for at least some members of the bargaining unit. First, we have urged the administration to raise the salaries of faculty and librarians who were granted promotions in the spring, effective retroactively to the beginning of this academic year. The now expired state-wide bargaining agreement mandates 9% raises… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Bargaining Unit,               I have excellent news.               You may remember that in early April the FIU administration declared “impasse” in the negotiations with the UFF.  That began a process that they thought would end with the Board of Trustees unilaterally imposing a new bargaining agreement on the faculty, one with all of the rights and protections of the previous agreement removed to university policy only,… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, Memorandum on Salaries I am happy to report that the UFF has reached a Memorandum of Understanding with the administration that will entitle all eligible bargaining unit members to a 4% across-the-board salary increase, effective March 4, 2005. This raise is not a bonus, but a 4% increase in base salary. The Memorandum of Understanding was reached despite the fact that the administration has declared bargaining to be… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, Administration Declares Impasse On Friday, April 8, only a few hours after the latest bargaining session ended, the FIU administration unilaterally declared an impasse in negotiations with the United Faculty of Florida. This action comes as no surprise. The whole attitude of the administration toward bargaining has been one of “take it or leave it” from the very beginning: take the proposal we are offering or we will… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, The March 18 Memorandum from the Provost and the President on collective bargaining was extremely disappointing. Released just hours after the end of a bargaining session between the administration and the UFF, the memo makes clear that the administration has no intention of backing off from its assault on the faculty. The Attacks Continue The administration continues to insist that the faculty rights and protections that have been… Continue reading


——————– FIU fight among professors, trustees escalates ——————– By Jennifer Peltz Staff Writer March 8, 2005 MIAMI *Faculty unrest is nearing a boiling point at Florida International University, where professors and trustees are facing off over how to protect professors’ interests in areas ranging from inventions to pay for teaching extra summer classes. The standoff has simmered through months of negotiations between the faculty union and administration. But both sides turned up the temperature Monday,… Continue reading


Posted on Tue, Mar. 08, 2005 EDUCATION Stalemate may hurt FIU med school push Tense negotiations on a contract have put FIU faculty members at odds with the board of trustees. A union leader warned that it could hinder chances for a medical school. By NOAH BIERMAN nbierman@herald.com Florida International University professors warned their board Monday that they are willing to declare ”war” with the administration and to threaten the university’s plans for a coveted… Continue reading