UFF-FAU State of the Union

UFF-FAU’s annual State of the Union meeting is Monday, September 24, 2018, Noon – 2:00 p.m., GN 101 (General Classroom North – north end of Breezeway).

The State of the Union is for union members to come together, speak their minds to one other and their union representatives, and make sure their voices are heard at FAU.

Your voice matters – whether you’ve been at FAU for decades or just started last month, you belong at this meeting.
See you there!

In Solidarity –
Deandre Poole
UFF-FAU President

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

 Make and bring signs

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