Please see the notice below from UFF-UCF Chief Negotiator, Dr. John E. Fauth, Assoc. Professor of Biology. The documents (summary of articles, instructions on voting, and the ballot) are available as PDFs on our website too. Your ballot must be received by 2 pm Tuesday November 22, 2016. Please vote! It’s your contract!
The collective bargaining teams of the United Faculty of Florida and the UCF Board of Trustees have reached tentative agreement on the 2016-2017 collective bargaining agreement. This is the 3rd consecutive year that bargaining concluded amicably instead of going to impasse.
As a member of the bargaining unit, you now have the opportunity to vote on whether to approve these articles. If the majority of you vote “YES,” the changes noted below will take effect pending ratification by UCF’s Board of Trustees. If the majority of you vote “NO”, the UFF and BOT bargaining teams will immediately resume negotiations.
All members of the bargaining unit, whether a member of UFF-UCF or not, are entitled to vote.
The four articles for ratification are Articles 3, 8, 23 and 24. These articles may be found on our website at http://www.uffucf.org/bargaining/current-information/current-proposals/. These articles may be compared to their current language in the 2015-18 Collective Bargaining Agreement: http://www.uffucf.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/CBA-20152018.pdf.
See below for a summary of the key points of these new articles.
You may vote either in person or by mailing your ballot. You can vote in person in the UCF main campus library lobby from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22,, 2016. Mail-in ballots must be received by 2:00pm Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
To vote by mail:
- Print the ballot and fill in the blank for Yes or No.
- Place the ballot in a blank envelope and seal it.
- Place that envelope in another envelope, seal it, and clearly print and sign your name on the back of the envelope.
- Address the envelope to Lee Ross, Criminal Justice Dept., University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816-1600. You can also use campus mail to Lee Ross, Crimial Justice Dept., Zip +1600.
There will be a public vote count in the main campus library lobby immediately upon the conclusion of voting at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. All members of the bargaining unit, whether a member of UFF or not, are welcome to observe the vote count.
UFF encourages you to vote “YES” to approve the tentative collective bargaining agreement.
Summary of Articles
Below is a summary of the tentative agreement we reached with the BOT regarding Articles 3, 8, 23 & 24 that you will be voting to ratify.
If ratified, in addition to many elements that are part of the status quo (e.g., promotion increases, sabbaticals and paid parental leave) the contract will:
- Provide a 1% across-the-board raise to all eligible faculty.
- Provide merit salary increases to all eligible faculty equal to 1.5% of the total base salary of all in-unit faculty in a department/unit, in a ratio of 1.0 for Above Satisfactory and 1.7 for Outstanding.
- Provide a one-time payment of $970 (in lieu of a retroactive salary increase) to all eligible faculty.
- Provide a 0.2% equity pool for all E&G (Education and General) regular, clinical, research, non-visiting 9-month faculty whose August 12, 2016, 1.0 FTE base salary was less than $45,000 for those with a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree, or less than $42,000 for all others; or whose 12-month salary was less than $60,000 for those with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree or less than $56,000 for all others. Equity increases will be distributed proportionately to the difference between the faculty member’s August 12, 2016 salary and the thresholds above.
- Establish promotion increases for Instructional Designers.
- Nearly double the number of incentive awards offered to in-unit faculty annually, from 70 in 2016-2017 to 120 beginning in 2017-2018. The number of Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) awards will increase from 40 to 55 and the number of Research Incentive Awards (RIAs) will increase from 20 to 55. Incentive awards will no longer recycle when faculty leave UCF.
- Allow Administrative Discretionary Increases (ADI) up to 1.5% of the total salary of E & G employees.
- Establish two new excellence awards: Excellence in English Language Institute Instruction and Excellence in Instructional Design.
- Provide UCF tuition waivers for up to six credit hours on a space-available basis to dependent children under the age of 26 and spouses of faculty members; this benefit begins in Spring semester, 2017.
- Initiate a flexible, voluntary phased retirement program for faculty who are not in the state’s deferred retirement option program (DROP).
- Require immediate negotiations if a change in statutes or regulations decreases retirement benefits.
- Include language that clearly states that faculty members who do not have a summer supplemental appointment are not obligated to perform any normal duty or activity for the university during the summer.
- Allows UFF a single exemption from released time limitations.
Salary increases are effective December 16, 2016 and the lump sum payment will be made on that date or shortly thereafter.
UFF encourages you to vote “YES” to approve the tentative collective bargaining agreement. We have posted the articles on our web site. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement in its entirety is also available on our website.
If you have questions about this process or the terms and conditions of the tentative contract, please direct them to John Fauth: firstname.lastname@example.org.
John E. Fauth
Chief Contract Negotiator
United Faculty of Florida – UCF Chapter Council