Salary MOU Details and Feedback

Salary MOU Details and Feedback

UCF delivered a Salary MOU to us for consideration. You can read the Salary MOU here. The proposal has a tiered structure based on your annual salary. We were told that UCF could offer a one flat amount for everyone at $2,516. Please look over the MOU, be sure to read over the eligibility criteria as well.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15eSCLFqp8EQXVfcu9LA_kMWWSYWNYAg2/view?usp=sharing

We would like to hear from you, but we need to wrap up this bargaining session by Wednesday May 18. Please fill out the survey sent to your work email and provide us with feedback on your thoughts. We will need your feedback before the evening Sunday May 15.

On Monday May 16 at 2pm we will have the next Bargaining Session, which we hope to wrap up this MOU. We don’t have a Zoom link yet, when we do I will send that along to everyone.

We on the Bargaining Team represent you–the Bargaining Unit. It is important we get feedback from you so we can represent your best interests at the bargaining table.

In Solidarity,

Robert Cassanello
UFF-UCF, President

CBA 2021-2024 Update

CBA 2021-2024 Update

CBA Online

The Collective Bargaining Agreement 2021-2024 was passed by the UCF Board of Trustees on March 17. The CBA is now online on the UFF-UCF website.

View Point Diversity Survey

If you want to consult our guidance on the View Point Diversity Survey you can do so here.

In Solidarity,

Robert Cassanello
UFF-UCF President

CBA 2021-2024 Update

Ratification Results, CBA 2021-2024

Greetings all, the ratification of the CBA 2021-2024 ended just before midnight last night. The vote was Yes – 391, No – 20, Abstain – 0, the ratification of our new contract passes the bargaining unit. The CBA will next go to the UCF Board of Trustees for a vote and if it passes it will become our next contract.

I want to thank everyone who voted in this ratification.

I want to thank the bargaining team, Talat Rahman, John Raible, Yovanna Pineda, Kevin Coffey, Latarsha Chisholm, Lisa Danker Kritzer, Alfons Schulte, Beatriz Reyes Foster and Monique Levermore. Thanks also to Claudia Schippert who assisted us with Grievance related items in the CBA and Nick Shrubsole who made sure our CBA page was updated quickly so you all could be informed after each session. If you know any of these people please show them your thanks and appreciation for their efforts during the fifteen and half months of negotiations.

Most of them volunteered their time in regular bargaining sessions and weekly team meetings.

A big thanks to all the people who showed up each week to our bargaining sessions to support our bargaining team, we are grateful and in your debt for this unprecedented support.

Our union works best when you are engaged and the CBA process demonstrated that we are interested and we are engaged.

In solidarity,

Robert Cassanello
UFF-UCF, President

CBA 2021-2024 Update

CBA 2021-2024 Summary and Rationale

Preface: Since November 2021, UFF-UCF have been negotiating the CBA 2021-2024 on your behalf. UFF has fought for wage increases, and maintaining the rights we currently enjoy in our contract. Our salary proposals are available online at our website https://www.uffucf.org/bargaining/. (Under the “Tentative Agreement” column) The audio and Zoom recordings are available at the UCF Collective Bargaining website https://collectivebargaining.ucf.edu/allminutes.asp, organized by the date of the session or you may request them from the administration, cpiper@ucf.edu.The TA articles also appear at the UCF Collective Bargaining Agreement website here https://collectivebargaining.ucf.edu/Proposals2021-2024.asp (look for the “TA Date column”).

Summary of Changes:

Major Changes:

Article 23 Salaries: We have agreed to a 2.5% raise for those making more than $48,500 and those less will receive a 3.5% raise. Added to that will be a $2,500 one time payment. These funds will be distributed May 6, 2022. Administrative discretionary increases will be available until August 31, 2024.

Articles 22 Sabbaticals: Clearer language when an employee is eligible to apply

Employees must be tenured at time of application. After being awarded a sabbatical, an employee may change the terms of the sabbatical upon approval from supervisor and dean.

Clearer language on how an employee is evaluated when on sabbatical. Professional Development Leave: Clearer language when an employee is eligible to apply. Updated language on how to rank employees. Introduced a penalty for not completing the project listed on application

Minor Changes:

Article 3: Removed outdated language about course releases from 2019

Article 9: Changed Assignment Dispute Resolution filing deadline from 30 days to 14 days.

Article 10: Requires a Cumulative Progress Evaluation to apply for Professor rank. Lists specific position classifications on who performs annual evaluations.

Article 14: Cumulative Progress Evaluation limited to individuals applying for Professor rank.

Article 15: Updated Board of Trustees tenure vote to last board meeting of academic year. Rephrased tenure criteria. Updated transfer tenure language

Article 17: Excess Annual Leave may roll over in the first or second pay period of January, Added Intent to Return to work paperwork requirement. Removed language allowing employees to buyback sick leave if rehired.

Article 20: Step 1 process produces a report. Clarification of university and UFF’s rights on timeliness of filing a grievance.

Article 31: Change to No Obligation to bargain language

Definitions: Updated months

No Changes-Status Quo:

Articles 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 16, 18, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29

Rationale: Ratifying this agreement will conclude Full Book negotiations for the CBA  2021-2024 and give us a contract with defined rights and expectations until the end of 2024.

Salary MOU Details and Feedback

Update

Bargaining & Ratification

We believe we have reached a final negotiation for the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2021-2024. Right now this agreement is verbal and awaiting final signatures, public access to the final article language and one last bargaining session on Wednesday February 16 at 1:30pm, so it is not yet final.

At this last meeting we will finalize Article 30 and sign off on any outstanding articles we have agreed to and post them on the CBA webpage so they are all available to you. We anticipate the entire tentative agreement will be live and online by 4pm on February 16. I will send out a link when all the articles to the tentative agreement are live.

We have a verbally agreed to a 2.5% raise for those making more than $48,500 and those less will receive a 3.5% raise. Added to that will be a $2,500 one time payment. These funds will be distributed May 6, 2022.

We will host an online ratification for this CBA from Monday February 21 at 8am until February 28 at 11:59pm. Directions for how to vote and access to the ballot will come in a subsequent email closer to the ratification date will also host two Ratification Town Halls, the first Friday February 18 at 11:30am and the second Tuesday February 22 at 4:30pm. At these Town Halls the bargaining team and I will be there to answer any questions you might have about the CBA. By law we cannot ask or encourage you to vote yes or no, we can only encourage you to vote. These town halls are going to be informational in nature, not organizing meetings.

Everyone in the bargaining unit are eligible to vote in the ratification, you don’t have to be a union member to vote on the CBA. Since the CBA impacts everyone, casting your vote is encouraged.

The final bargaining session for this CBA will be on Wednesday February 16 at 1:30pm. We will finalize the remaining articles including Article 30. If you wish to attend and support the bargaining team use this link to the virtual meeting https://events.ucf.edu/event/2317421/faculty-collective-bargaining-notice/

Legislative Update

SB 520: Public Records and Public Meetings-this bill would allow president searches for public colleges and universities to be exempt from public records legislation. It would move presidential searches into the dark until the end of the process. Right now this legislation was heading for a floor vote in the Senate on Thursday February 3, but has been moved for a Senate vote today (February 9). You can follow the bill here
https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/520 The House version is still in various committees waiting a final vote in the Senate before it moves out of committee.

HB 7051: Postsecondary Education is a new draft bill introduced in committee. This bill requires colleges and universities to keep a public record for 5 years on books assigned and any other instructional material for each class. Additionally it requires public colleges and universities to seek accreditation from a different accreditation agency every five years. [https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=76626]
There is a Senate companion to this bill SB 7044: Postsecondary Education. [https://myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=76623&] Both bill are in committee in their respective bodies.

HB 1197: Employee Organizations Representing Public Employees-This is the draft bill from last year that failed to pass which would require public employee unions to have over 50% membership for certification but it would exclude police and fire departments. It is moving in various committees in the House while the Senate version is not moving yet. Right now it is in the House State Administration and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee. https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/1197

There still is no draft bill abolishing or revising tenure at public universities with the legislature.

In Solidarity,

Robert Cassanello
UFF-UCF, President