Instructor Promotional Workshop, Thursday, Sept. 20, 11 AM in CU 128

UFF-FAU will be holding its annual Instructor Promotion Portfolio meeting on September 20 at 11 PM in room CU 128 (first floor of the Culture and Society Building).  Because of your busy schedules, you do not have to attend the entire meeting. Feel free to stop in when you can. The meeting will continue until 12:20 PM.

Anyone who is applying for promotion this year or next should attend. We will be discussing how to create a portfolio as well as answering any questions you might have regarding the process.

The union holds these workshops as well as advocates for a promotional system based upon speaking with instructors regularly. We are constantly bargaining to improve upon instructor promotions and working conditions and need support from all instructors to ensure that such a system remains in place and can be improved upon. Feel free to send in your membership form or bring a signed form to the meeting.

We look forward to meeting you.

New Faculty Luncheon, Sept. 7, 11:30 AM- 1:30 PM

Join the faculty union for the new faculty luncheon on September 7 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM in the Majestic Palm Room (next to the Student Center). All new faculty is welcome. Free drinks and food. Come meet someone new and learn what the union is doing to make FAU even better.

Food and drinks provided. Trust me, the room looks better with people and food in it.

Please bring new faculty and/or non-members with you who might be interested in joining or hearing about what’s going on.

We look forward to seeing you! If you have any questions, contact me at president@uff-fau.org

Sincerely,
Deandre Poole
President Deandre Poole

Collective Bargaining Update

Dear Colleagues,
On August 24th and August 31st, representatives of the BOT and UFF-FAU met to discuss:

Article 23 (Salaries)
On 8/24/18, UFF-FAU presented a counter to the BOT’s latest offer (3 years – 1.25% merit, 0.25% if in top 8 in metrics rankings).

The UFF-FAU counter for FAU In-Unit faculty for a one year contract:

  Increase to Base Merit (>=3) Increase
FY 18-19 2.00% 0.75%

The UFF-FAU counter for FAUS faculty for a one year contract:

Annual Faculty on the Performance Salary Schedule
  Increase to Base One-time bonus for Rating >= Effective
FY 18-19 2.00% 0.75%

 

Permanent Faculty on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule
  Increase to Base One-time bonus for Rating >= Effective
FY 18-19 1.99% 0.74%

The Grandfathered Salary Schedule (GSS) employee base minimum starting salary would be raised to $50,000 for University School Accomplished Instructor and $55,000 for University School Assistant Professor. Permanent employees on the GSS below the newly established minimum salary will be adjusted to the designated amount.

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Collective Bargaining Update (August 21)

On August 9, 2018, representatives of the BOT and UFF-FAU met to discuss:
Article 23 (Salaries)
The BOT presented a counter to UFF-FAU’s latest offer (which was 2% cost of living, 1% university merit, no tie to metrics rankings).

The BOT offer for FAU In-Unit faculty:

  University Merit Increase Increase contingent on FAU metric ranking in top 8
FY 18-19 1.25% 0.25%
FY 19-20 1.25% 0.25%
FY 20-21 1.25% 0.25%

In addition to the above, the BOT accepted our proposal of raising the minimum base salary of Senior Instructor to $45,000.

The BOT offer for FAUS faculty:

Merit Increase for Annual Faculty on the Performance Salary Schedule
  Increase contingent on FAU metric ranking in top 8
Overall Performance Rating 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21  
Highly Effective 1.25% 1.25% 1.255 0.25%
Effective 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% 0.25%

 

Merit Increase for Permanent Faculty on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule
  Increase contingent on FAU metric ranking in top 8
Overall Performance Rating 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21  
Highly Effective 1.24% 1.24% 1.24% 0.25%
Effective 0.99% 0.99% 0.99% 0.25%

The BOT asserts that the basis of their continued insistence on tying compensation to the metrics is that faculty impact the metrics. We challenged the validly of the metrics and showed that faculty only potentially impact two of the metrics: graduation rate, and retention. However, it’s not clear to us, other than lowering our standards and just giving all students higher grades, how we could improve our performance in these metrics either.

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Solidarity in Times of Precarity

From Inside Higher Ed

August 10, 2018

[UFF-FAU Preface: Solidarity starts with our individual actions but blooms into a movement when collectively organized. UFF-FAU exists to create solidarity among all levels of workers within and outside the academy.]

It’s conference season for my discipline, sociology. Social media is full of hacks and hashtags of how to maximize the conference experience: bring nuts and protein bars or a collapsible water bottle. Update your website and business cards. Grad students should reach out to tenure-track scholars

This is all good advice, but I wonder: What about the precariat? You know, the 70 percent or so of teaching labor at most colleges and universities, with titles like “adjunct,” “lecturer” or “visiting professor”? Or those of us who are unemployed with a Ph.D. in hand, or underemployed, or off to work outside academe.

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UFF-FAU Supports Keeping Undocumented Families Together

Dear Colleague –
Here is information on two activities this weekend that support the efforts to reunite families and keep families together. This information just became available as the events came together quickly.

MARCH TO KEEP FAMILIES TOGETHER  
SATURDAY 6/23 IN HOMESTEAD

The Trump administration has reopened a 1,000-bed Homestead facility that once housed minors who entered the country looking for a better life, reviving a compound at a time when the White House is under fire for a new policy that separates children from parents detained by immigration authorities.

Both Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio have stated these children need to be reunited with their families.

When: Saturday June 23rd, 4:00PM
Where: CORNER OF 288th Street and 137th Ave, Homestead, Florida 33030
Bring: Sunscreen, water, comfortable walking shoes
Info:  www.facebook.com/events/1950598218564066/?active_tab=about
How: Palm Beach County Bus Sign Up – Bus leaves from Staples parking lot located at 2029 OKEECHOBEE BLVD. WPB
Departure time from Palm Beach County is 2:30 PM
(BE THERE BY 2:00 PM) Bus leaves from Homestead at 8:00 PM
Thanks to Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida for sponsoring this bus! SIGN UP HERE

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REUNITE THE FAMILIES RALLY WITH CONG. TED DEUTCH
SUNDAY, 6/24 in Ft. LAUDERDALE

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Supreme Court likely to oppose unions that represent teachers, other public sector workers. Here’s why that matters.

UFF-FAU Preface: Since Florida is already a “right to work (for less)” state, the upcoming Supreme Court decision in Janus vs. AFSCME won’t directly  affect your union, the United Faculty of Florida, and other public sector unions in Florida.  However, it will have a major effect on our national affiliates, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO) and other public sector unions in many other states.  This article explains what’s at stake in this latest attack on workers’ rights.

From The Washington Post, June 12, 2018

(Corrections: A similar case was heard by the court two years ago, not Janus. And Aboud case was issued in 1977, not 1997.)

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to render its decision in the case of Janus v. AFSCME, and it is expected that the conservative majority on the court will oppose public sector unions (though, of course, it could decide not to).

In February, with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listening in the courtroom, the justices heard arguments in the case involving an Illinois public sector employee, Mark Janus, who sued the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He argued that a state law allowing the union to charge and collect fees from nonmembers, including him, violates his and others’ First Amendment rights.

The Janus decision could affect laws in 22 states that allow public sector unions to charge and collect “agency” or “fair share” fees from public employees who aren’t members. The rationale behind those laws: Workers benefit from contracts negotiated by unions — whether they’re members or not — and should pay something to support the unions.

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5/30/18 Bargaining Update

Dear Colleague –

On May 31, 2018, representatives of the BOT and UFF-FAU met and discussed Article 23 (Salaries) and Article 24 (Benefits).
Due to the excellent turnout of faculty, the meeting needed to be moved to the Board of Trustees room. Thank you to those who showed up. And a special thanks to the faculty from Slattery and Henderson!

First, we discussed Article 24. The UFF-FAU proposal on the table, presented on 4/24/18:

  • Expanded the tuition benefits for both employees and dependent children of employees
  • Gave dependent children of employees priority admission status at Slattery and Henderson.

The BOT countered yesterday with:

  • 18 credits a year free to employees. These credits may be transferred to a dependent child, based on certain conditions, e.g., dependent is admitted to a degree program and takes 30 credits a year
  • The admission policy of Slattery already allows priority status for dependent children of employees
  • No priority admission status for dependent children at Henderson.

The Administration’s reasoning for not allowing priority admission status at Henderson is that Collective Bargaining is not an appropriate forum to direct an admission policy in the school.

UFF-FAU did not counter at this time because, while we are pleased for the most part with the expanded tuition program for dependent children, we need to clarify the issue of fees on the tuition offer.
We also need to look further into the Henderson issue.

Second, we discussed Article 23. (Please see previous email for the BOT offer.) UFF-FAU presented our counter-offer:
The UFF-FAU counter-offer for FAU In-Unit faculty:

Cost of Living Increase University Merit Increase Total
FY 18-19 1.0% 2.0% 3.0%
FY 19-20 1.0% 2.0% 3.0%
FY 20-21 1.0% 2.0% 3.0%

The UFF-FAU counter-offer for FAUS faculty:

Merit Increase for Annual Faculty on the Performance Salary Schedule
Overall Performance Rating 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 Total
Highly Effective 3.00% 3.00% 3.00% 9.00%
Effective 2.75% 2.75% 2.75% 8.25%
Satisfactory 2.50% 2.50% 2.50% 7.50%

 

Merit Increase for Permanent Faculty on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule –
Please see the UFF-FAU counter-offer details at the end of the email.

There was also some discussion of Articles 3, 8, and 11, all of which require more work.

The next bargaining session is on Monday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m. in AD 351. Faculty members are welcome to attend.

Another important meeting is the Board of Trustees meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for June 5, 2018. The BOT are the people who ultimately decide what the Administration offers in the contract negotiations. Attend their meetings – let them know you’re interested and involved.
Meeting details here: http://www.fau.edu/bot/notices/

In solidarity,
Kathleen Moorhead
Meredith Mountford
Debra Vance Noelk
Deandre Poole
Robert Zoeller

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Bargaining Update

Dear Colleague –
Representatives of the BOT and UFF-FAU met on May 21, 2018 to begin bargaining salaries as set forth in Article 23.

The BOT offer proposed for FAU In-Unit faculty:

Annual Recurring Performance Funding (Merit) Annual One-Time Top 3 Performance Funding Total
FY 18-19 1.0% 1.0% 2.0%
FY 19-20 1.0% 1.5% 2.5%
FY 20-21 1.0% 2.0% 3.0%
3.0% 4.5% 7.50%

The Annual One-Time Top 3 bonus money proposed for In-Unit faculty will be awarded only if FAU is ranked in the top three Florida public universities included in the Board of Governors’ metrics.

The BOT offer proposed for FAUS faculty:

Merit Increase for Annual Faculty on the Performance Salary Schedule
Overall Performance Rating 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Highly Effective 1% 1% 1%
Effective .5% .5% .5%
Needs Improvement Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase
Unsatisfactory Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase

 

Merit Increase for Permanent Faculty on the Grandfathered Salary Schedule
Overall Performance Rating 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Highly Effective 1% – $1 1% – $1 1% – $1
Effective .5% .5% .5%
Needs Improvement Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase
Unsatisfactory Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase Not eligible for increase

The UFF-FAU bargaining team was surprised at the inclusion of metrics as criterion for a bonus. We reject the BOT proposal for many reasons, including the fact that metrics can, and do, change over time. Metrics create a complicated, arbitrary rating system over which faculty has no control, and they have no place determining salary increases.

(For more information on metrics, please read the handouts on the Board of Governors’ website:http://www.flbog.edu/board/office/budget/performance_funding.php
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UFF-FAU will present our counter offer at the next bargaining session on Weds, May 30, 2018, at 1p.m. in AD 351. Faculty members are welcome to attend.

In solidarity,
Kathleen Moorhead
Meredith Mountford
Debra Vance Noelk
Deandre Poole
Robert Zoeller