On Friday, March 29, the office of Elizabeth A. Dooley, UCF Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, released an email announcement (below) that the University of Central Florida and the United Faculty of Florida have reached a two-year agreement to provide faculty with a one-time Spring semester payment, and a Fall salary increases.

The agreement covers the fiscal years of 2018-2019, which began months ago, and 2019-2020. This is the first agreement in anyone’s recent memory to cover multiple years.

UCF faculty members will receive a one-time bonus of $2,250 on May 10. Starting with the August 23 pay period, faculty members will receive a 2 percent salary increase, and in 2019-2020 year, an additional pay guaranteed increase of 1.25 percent starting with the Sept. 20 pay period, and likely another 1.25 percent salary increase in the same pay period, provided the university is fiscally stable.

UFF-UCF’s bargaining team is led by chief negotiator Dr. Jennifer Sandoval with assistance from treasurer Dr. Yovanna Pineda, John Raible, Dr. John Fauth, Dr. Mason Cash. and president Scott Launier.

“It has been my privilege to work with this incredible group of volunteers tirelessly representing the interests of faculty during our negotiations,” said Sandoval, associate professor and program coordinator for Communication and Conflict with the Nicholson School of Communication and Media. “We thank the BOT representatives for their continued engagement in good faith bargaining this year during a time of constant change and uncertainty. Collaboration on the MOU regarding salary is a positive step forward in our ongoing work on the new contract. We also thank the UCF administration, specifically Provost Dooley, for making faculty compensation a priority.”

Bargaining is not over, as the university and our union negotiators continue hashing out the broader collective bargaining agreement for 2018-2021. The United Faculty of Florida bargaining team represents more than 1,670 employees at UCF.

Submitted by: Dr. Briant K. Coleman, Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Communications and Marketing
Submitted for: Dr. Elizabeth A. Dooley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Subject line: An important announcement on faculty pay raises

Faculty are key to UCF’s academic vitality and progress, and I am pleased that the university and the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) have reached a two-year agreement to provide pay increases for our talented and dedicated faculty members.

This agreement follows months of negotiations, and I commend our university bargaining team and the UFF representatives in finding common ground so that we can continue a path forward while acknowledging the important role of faculty members at our great university. Pay agreements involving our faculty are normally reopened each year for negotiation. The new agreement covers the fiscal years of 2018-19 and 2019-20 and better addresses faculty pay raises for this fiscal year that had been pending based on the outcome of negotiations.

Under this agreement, eligible UCF faculty members will receive:
* a one-time payment of $2,250 on May 10;
* a 2 percent salary increase starting with the Aug. 23 pay period;
* and an additional pay increase of 1.25 percent beginning with the Sept. 20 pay period.

Also, depending on whether additional recurring funds are available, eligible salary members will receive an additional pay increase of 1.25 percent starting in the same Sept. 20 pay period. The joint news release on the agreement from the UCF administration and the UFF can be found here: https://provost.ucf.edu/campus/pay-raises-for-faculty/

UCF has undergone a challenging chain of events this semester. But our focus does not waver on advancing UCF as a model university for the 21st Century for teaching, research, innovation, inclusion and student success. A strong and vibrant faculty is critical for achieving this mission, and we will continue to champion our faculty in moving our university forward.

I appreciate the support of Interim President Thad Seymour in reaching this pay agreement. And I particularly want to thank the members of the UCF administration and UFF negotiating teams for their tireless efforts to elevate our university through good-faith bargaining.

Members of the administration team are Michael Mattimore, chief negotiator; Sherry Andrews; Charlie Piper; Dr. Charles Reilly and Dr. Ross Wolf. UFF’s bargaining team members are Dr. Jennifer Sandoval, chief negotiator; Dr. Mason Cash; Dr. John Fauth; Scott Launier; Dr. Yovanna Pineda and John Raible.

Together, we are always better – and stronger. And I look forward to other fruitful negotiations as the two teams navigate remaining issues on the collective bargaining agreement for 2018-21.

Elizabeth A. Dooley
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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