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


Sube de tono la confrontación interna en FIU KETTY RODRIGUEZ El Nuevo Herald El sindicato de profesores de la Universidad Internacional de la Florida (FIU) declaró ayer la guerra a su presidente, Modesto Maidique, y a la Junta de Fideicomisarios de la entidad por desacuerdos que perturban negociaciones contractuales, bajo riesgo de que los docentes pierdan derechos que han disfrutado por más de 20 años. Esta confrontación podría afectar la imagen de la FIU en… Continue reading


Remarks to Board of Trustees Good morning. My message this morning can be summarized like this: The Board of Trustees and the administration, because of your radical approach to collective bargaining, are heading for a major confrontation with the faculty. That confrontation is totally unnecessary. But that confrontation, if it happens, will do serious and lasting damage to FIU. We call upon you as stewards of the public trust to do your duty and prevent… Continue reading


Alan Gummerson’s Response to the Provost, March 5, 2005 Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, Today (Saturday) at noon Provost Rosenberg sent out a memorandum on collective bargaining with the UFF. Let me respond to the points he makes there, specifically in the areas of tenure, academic freedom, salary proposals, removing faculty rights and protections from the bargaining agreement, and the harm that will come to FIU if the administration has its way. Before… Continue reading


This is the proposed Maintenance of University Policies as proposed by the BOT. FIU Proposal #1 3/4/05 ARTICLE 33 MAINTENANCE OF UNIVERSITY POLICIES AND RULES 33.1 THE Board shall adopt and maintain University rules or policies governing the areas of Appointment, Assignment, Performance Evaluations, Separations from Employment, Nonreappointment, Promotion, Disicplinary Action, Conflict of Interest/Outside Activity, [ECONOMIC POLICIES TO BE ADDED]. Once adopted by the Board these University policies or rules shall remain in effect for… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, I am sorry to have to report that the administration bargaining team’s position on faculty rights and protections is the same as it was last fall: they insist that those rights and protections, which formerly could be enforced by the grievance and arbitration procedure, be removed from the collective bargaining agreement. Instead they promise (although they haven’t written them yet) to put them in University Policy, though they… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Bargaining Unit, Next Thursday’s Chapter Meeting, originally intended to elect officers for the coming year and to set strategy for winning a decent contract, will now have to be a victory celebration as well, for the United Faculty of Florida has won a great victory. The First District State Court of Appeals has ruled that it was illegal for the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) to decide that the new Boards… Continue reading