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2019-20 & 2020-21 Salary Agreement

In a process that began on February 5, FIU’s administration and the UFF-FIU bargaining team agreed last Thursday (August 15th) to a new salary schedule.

In summary, the salary raise schedule to be voted upon is as follows:

2019-2020

For faulty employed prior to January 7, 2019 and were continuously employed through August 13,

  • 1% raise to your base salary; the minimum base salary raise shall be $750.
  • 1% one-time bonus; the minimum bonus shall be $750.

2020-2021

  • 1% raise to your base salary; the minimum base salary raise shall be $750.
  • Merit raises to your base salary, entailing 1% of the total bargaining unit payroll as of the last full pay period of the 2019-2020 academic y Merit is established by policies set by units and approved by the provost’s office.
  • These changes are subject to additional negotiation should insufficient funding be received or additional recurring funding becomes available.

Full contract language to be voted upon (Article 11 of the CBA):

2019-2020 Salary Increases.

Effective August 13, 2019,  for the academic year 2019-2020, all eligible employees who were employed prior to January 7, 2019 and who are continuously employed through August 13, 2019 and are not in receipt of a notice of termination or non-reappointment shall receive a one percent (1.00%) retention increase to their base salaries with a minimum of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750).  Additionally, eligible employees will receive a one-time bonus (not to be added to their base salaries) of one percent (1.0%) with a minimum of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750).

2020-2021 Salary Increases.

(a) Effective August 12, 2020, for the academic year 2020-2021, all eligible employees who were employed prior to January 6, 2020 and who are continuously employed through August 12, 2020 and are not in receipt of a notice of termination or non-reappointment shall receive a one percent (1.00%) retention increase to their base salaries with a $750 minimum increase. This retention increase does not have any additional related contingencies.

 (b) The University shall provide merit funds totaling one percent (1.00%) of the total bargaining unit payroll as of the last full pay period of the 2019-2020 academic year on a pro rata basis to departments/units based on their payrolls as of the last full pay period of the 2019-2020 academic These funds shall be distributed to their base salaries employees within each department or academic unit consistent with the criteria and procedures set forth in the BOT-UFF Policy concerning Employee Performance Evaluation. If merit criteria apply to the entire college/school, the college/school is the unit. All employees are, or upon appointment will be, assigned to an existing department/unit. Additionally, all eligible employees who were employed prior to January 6, 2020 and who are continuously employed through August 12, 2020 and are not in receipt of a notice of termination or non-reappointment shall be eligible. All decisions will be made and communicated to faculty by September 15, 2020. This merit increase shall be contingent upon the University receiving new recurring funding legally available to be expended on faculty salary increases in excess of the prior year’s base funding for faculty salaries. If insufficient funding is received and/or additional recurring funding, currently called “emerging preeminent funding,” becomes available to the University, this provision shall be void, and the parties shall re-open negotiations for 2020-2021 salary increases.

 

 

 

Legislative Update #4

April 1, 2019

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House and Senate Appropriations Bills Update

Senate and House Appropriations Committees have passed out their respective budgets, inclusive of higher education budget proposals for 2019-20. Which is best? The Senate. Which is adequate? Neither.

Please send your representative and senator the message that higher education budgets are not adequate. Tell representatives not to punish faculty for administrative misconduct. You might want to thank senators for a good starting point, but their funding levels should grow to support students and faculty.

Florida College System (reprised from last week)

The 2019-20 House budget proposal for colleges is basically flat with no real increase in funding and continues the performance funding of $60 million, half of which is state investment and the other half being the institutional investment.

The total of the House proposed Program Fund is approximately $1.2 billion. Note: College funding is exclusive of tuition and fees.

The 2019-20 Senate budget proposal for colleges increase operating funds in two categories. First, there is a $15.5 million increase in “Compression” funds for colleges funded below the statewide average. Second, there is a $22.5 million increase in operating funds to all colleges.

In the Senate proposal, performance funds are being replaced by Student Success incentives. $28 million is allocated to a 2+2 Student Success Incentive and $12 million to a Work Florida Incentive Fund.

The total increase in operating funds in the Senate proposal is approximately 3.6%.

State University System

The Senate spends $285.3 million more for universities than the House in a total budget of about $6 billion. The House cuts university Education and General (E&G) operating budgets by over $100 million or a 2.5% reduction of their base operating budgets. The reduction is a direct result of two concerns raised by the House Higher Education Appropriations subcommittee and its chairman, Representative Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay). First, it is a response to the misuse of operating funds at UCF for construction. Second, it is due to the large reserve accounts of most universities. This has been a constant rebuke of universities brought by Chairman Fine in appropriations meetings leading up to the budget proposal.

The House proposal also includes a $20 million reduction in preeminence funding which is a 13% cut to those universities.

The 2019-20 Senate budget proposal for universities shows an approximate increase of 1.03% over 2018-19. This include tuition funded at the same level as this year, a total of $1.8 billion.

Higher Education Policy Issues Last Week

The most significant action was the passage of CS/HB 839 from the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee on March 26. The bill will go to the House Education Committee next, possibly this week. Watch for UFF legislative alerts!

HB 839 has the primary focus on improving the university performance funding model and, while not perfect, on that concern it does improve upon and offers further study of performance funding at both the college and university level. But the bill also inserts a divisive survey of faculty, students and administrators to report on the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity at each university.

UFF opposes that provision as voted upon unanimously at our UFF Senate meeting in February.

The motion adopted reads:

Move that:  Be it resolved that we, the members of the UFF, strongly oppose any attempt by the State of Florida to require the implementation of any survey intended to measure or evaluate the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity at institutions of higher learning. UFF has always supported the open and honest exchange of ideas, perspectives and claims of truth both inside and outside of the classroom.  This process cannot be measured or characterized by a survey which by its nature would be purely subjective. Such an attempt would be open to political manipulation and could have a chilling effect on intellectual and academic freedom.

Looking Ahead

SB 1296 is scheduled for hearing Tuesday, April 2 from 10 to noon, in the Senate Education Committee. This is the companion to HB 839. Contact the committee members and ask them to support Senator Berman’s amendment to remove the survey from SB 1296. That amendment, barcode 171926, will delete lines containing the survey language.

Also, watch for an alert should HB 839 be placed on the agenda of the House Education Committee this week.

Legislative Update #3

March 21, 2019

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House and Senate Higher Education Chair Budget Proposals

This week Senate Education Appropriations Chair Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) released the first salvo of budget proposals this week. Highlights gleaned from these proposals are as follows.

Florida College System

The 2019-20 House budget proposal for colleges is basically flat with no real increase in funding and continues the performance funding of $60 million, half of which is state investment and the other half being the institutional investment.

The total of the House proposed Program Fund is approximately $1.2 billion. Note: College funding is exclusive of tuition and fees.

The 2019-20 Senate budget proposal for colleges increase operating funds in two categories. First, there is a $15.5 million increase in “Compression” funds for colleges funded below the statewide average. Second, there is a $22.5 million increase in operating funds to all colleges.

In the Senate proposal, performance funds are being replaced by Student Success incentives. $28 million is allocated to a 2+2 Student Success Incentive and $12 million to a Work Florida Incentive Fund.

The total increase in operating funds in the Senate proposal is approximately 3.6%.

State University System

The 2019-20 House budget proposal for universities cuts university budgets by $135 million or about 2.5% of their base operating budgets. The issue seems to be twofold. First, it is a response to the misuse of operating funds at UCF for construction. Second, it is due to the large reserve accounts of most universities. This has been a constant rebuke of universities brought by Chairman Fine in meetings prior to this week.

The House proposal also as part of the total cut reduces funds for preeminent and emerging preeminence funding, funds for the world class faculty and scholar program and the professional and graduate degree excellence program, both created last year.

It appears that performance funding continues at the 2018-19 level.

The 2019-20 Senate budget proposal for universities shows an approximate increase of 1.03% over 2018-19. This include tuition funded at the same level as this year, a total of $1.8 billion.

The single area of significant increase is preeminent and emerging preeminence funding which is proposed to be $80 million in 2019-20.

Higher Education Policy Issues Absent This Week

There were no actions taken this week on bills we have reported about, principally HB 13 which would restrict all union leave in our contracts and HB 839 a bill that would establish a survey of faculty and students’ diversity viewpoints (and political) at each university. The bill has issues important to UFF regarding performance funding, but the survey provision is a slap at faculty and intrusive to your rights.

Final Notes

I did testify before the Senate Education Appropriations Committee making an appeal for graduate fee waivers to limit, if not stop, pay for work. I also appealed to that committee to not punish faculty for administrative misuse of operating funds. The faculty union has already been punished due to that reckless mismanagement.

#FundOurFutureFL is having an impact at least in the Senate. The Senate K-12 budget proposal increased the K-12 funding formula by $1.1 billion. These funds impact our K-12 Lab School members at FSU, FAMU, UF, and FAU!

UFF is tentatively looking at Wednesday April 10, 2019 as a Higher Education Day of Action at each campus. More information will be forthcoming. Please continue encouraging faculty to wear Red for Ed on Wednesdays during the Legislative Session!

New Officers – 2019

New Executive Committee

March 5, 2019

executive council

At the March 5 chapter meeting, we elected new officers. The term for the new officers and executive committee begins on April 1, 2019. We welcome the following folks to the executive committee as representatives of UFF.

New Officers

Dan Saunders President
Kelley Rowan Vice President, MMC
Eric Dwyer Treasurer
Tania Santiago-Pérez Secretary

New Senators

We welcome the following people newly elected to the committee.

  • Jacob Berglin
  • Heather Blatt
  • Isaac Burt
  • Agatha Caraballo
  • Gerald Klonarides
  • Marcy Kravec
  • Pete Markowitz
  • Ramces Marsilli
  • Suchi Mishra
  • Melanie Morales
  • Carleen Vincent-Robinson

Returning Senators

We are pleased that some folks have opted to stay on the committee.

  • Tom Breslin
  • James Burns
  • Deanne Butchey
  • Lauren Christos
  • Eric Dwyer
  • Kelley Rowan
  • Tania Santiago-Pérez
  • Dan Saunders
  • Paul Sharp
  • Charles Shields
  • Marc Weinstein
  • Sheryl Weir-Lattty

Legislative Update #2

Legislative Update #2

legislative update

March 13, 2019

An Abbreviated Report

Due to the NEA Higher Education Conference later this week and a light committee agenda, this will be a brief report on today’s action on CS/HB 839 and more specifically the “objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey that enables comparisons among universities on the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity at each institution.”

The UFF Senate Position

As you may recall, the UFF Senate voted unanimously for the following resolution at its meeting in February.

Adopted Unanimously: February 17, 2019

Move that: Be it resolved that we, the members of the UFF, strongly oppose any attempt by the State of Florida to require the implementation of any survey intended to measure or evaluate the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity at institutions of higher learning. UFF has always supported the open and honest exchange of ideas, perspectives and claims of truth both inside and outside of the classroom. This process cannot be measured or characterized by a survey which by its nature would be purely subjective. Such an attempt would be open to political manipulation and could have a chilling effect on intellectual and academic freedom.

House Higher Education and Career Readiness Subcommittee Action

CS/HB 839 has the primary focus on improving the university performance funding model and, while not perfect, on that concern it goes a long way to the issue UFF has supported over the last few years. That is a model fairer to all universities and not just preeminent ones that provides recurring funds and has no automatic punitive component. Why then insert a divisive survey in the bill to evaluate, in our opinion, divisiveness?

According to Rep. Ray Rodrigues (R-Ft. Myers), other states have done this. We ask which states and what were the results? The measure passed the committee by a straight party-line vote of 11-5 vote which was divisive.

Thanks to Democrats Ramon Alexander (Tallahassee), Joe Casello (Boynton Beach), Joy Goff-Marcil (Maitland), Michael Grieco (North Bay Village), and Carlos Smith (Winter Park) for their support! Also, thanks to Matthew Lata, FSU Chapter President and UFF Government Relations Chair for his testimony!

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