Legislative updates from UFF

The Governor’s State of The State address

Currently these are the bills affecting higher education:

HB613/SB1402 – the general Higher Education bill.  The House version contains a clause requiring a survey about “academic freedom” on campus.  The Senate version does not.   There are some good things in this bill, and we hope that the Senate version can prevail.

HB6001 – Guns on Campus.  This is not yet agended in the House, and there is no companion bill in the Senate.   Hopefully, it will go away.

HB819/SB120 – Fee relief for graduate students.   We support this, as GAs regularly pay 20-30% of their stipends in fees.   They should not have to pay to work.   These fees inhibit our ability to invite the best and brightest, as, often, we cannot compete with stipends from other institutions.  Hopefully, these will be heard in committee.

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NEA Advocate: Salary Issue 2019

Unions matter! Don’t take our word for it, look at the data: NEA_Salary Isssue19

“THE UNION DIFFERENCE: Faculty at public institutions with bargaining agreements earned about $7,800 more than those teaching at institutions without contracts (Table 4). The largest advantage was seen in community colleges, where faculty with collective bargaining agreements earned nearly $19,000 more than their colleagues who teach without a union contract in the same states.”

We appreciate your support and membership in FUSA. Without it, it is clear faculty at HCC would not have made the gains in salary and favorable working conditions that we enjoy today.

More issues of NEA Advocate

Contract Ratified!

The 2019-2022 FUSA contract has been ratified. Thank you to all who participated in the ratification vote.

When the contract has been approved by the Board and has undergone a final proofing, it will be posted on the website under “Documents & Resources”.

Until then please see the summary of contract changes:
UFF-FUSA 2019-2022 Bargaining Summary

In solidarity,

Extended bargaining session scheduled

The College and FUSA will meet for contract negotiations on Monday, June 10, 2019, 1:00PM – 3:00PM. Bargaining will take place at the Student Services Building, YSSB room 308. Ybor City Campus 1320 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.

We need a strong faculty turnout so please put the date on you calendar and come out to support your union!




Bargaining Stalled

Here is the last message from your FUSA President regarding negotiations for the 2019-2022 contract:

FUSA and the Administration met for the five scheduled bargaining sessions (2/15, 3/1, 3/29, 4/12 and 4/26), and then added one additional session on 5/17 to presumably wrap up a few items and finish negotiations.

Fifteen minutes prior to the end of the bargaining session on 5/17, the Administration announced that the Step System for 2019-2020 would be delayed until mid-year and would not be retroactive, a reversal of their previous agreement. FUSA’s immediate response was that the Administration’s move was ‘bad faith’ bargaining, going against tentatively agreed upon items from previous sessions, contradicting promises made by Dr. Atwater, and representing a last-minute sabotage of the bargaining process.

The FUSA Council met today (5/24/19) and formulated the following response, which was sent to Dr. Atwater and Cabinet:

FUSA Council response:

The step system is an established salary schedule implemented at the beginning of each academic year. One key purpose of this system is to allow the administration to engage in budgetary planning based on a known budget entity. Any budget shortfall should not be taken from the step system. FUSA Council unanimously rejects any modification to the implementation of the bargained step system.

Below are the highlights of items that had already been tentatively agreed upon, which included a continuation of the current STEP salary schedule, with STEP increases going into effect in August as intended and agreed upon.

Top 20 Tentatively Agreed Items 

  1. Continue previously agreed upon step system for pay. The system is an incremental method for a clear a clear salary structure and not a “raise” system.
  2. Increase of overload rate year 2 to $74
  3. Increase of overload rate year 3 to $75
  4. Establishment of a one-step equivalency for faculty with 30+ years of instructional service
  5. Establishment of a two-step equivalency bonus for faculty with 35+ years of service
  6. Establishment of all release time tied to overload rate
  7. Reestablishment of the Program Manager position for specific AS programs
  8. Concessions on Library and Counseling faculty scope of duties
  9. A major modification to the goals process
  10. Increase in summer overload to 240 points provided it is distributed as 120 points summer 1 and 120 points summer 2
  11. Posting of syllabus in CMS by the first day of class
  12. Utilization of the CMS grade book for grading criteria as indicated on syllabus
  13. Establishment of Bottom floor Tier 1 Department Chairs
  14. Modification to Tier 2 Department Chairs
  15. Establishment of Discipline wide textbook adoption committees
  16. Expansion of college-wide textbook adoptions for “high enrollment” courses
  17. Modification of on-campus office access to 60 minutes after an event and/or in conformance to posted campus office hours
  18. Establishment of specific times for summer office hours, which may be online
  19. Inclusion of specific categories in the Faculty Evaluation criteria for addressing items in the college mission statement
  20. Agreement on language for Academic Freedom

FUSA Bargaining Team will meet with Administration in June. Please consider clearing your schedule so that you can attend and support the negotiations process. I encourage you to sign up to receive the FUSA Informant so that you can stay current with the remainder of bargaining. I have attached instructions so that the FUSA Informant can be sent to your personal email.

Thank you for your attention to this message. The Bargaining Team, your elected FUSA Council and I believe it is important to provide you with this information.

In Solidarity,

Elizabeth Key-Raimer
FUSA President

Additional Bargaining date

Mark you calendars for Friday May 17th for the last bargaining session (hopefully) for the new contract.

Friday, May 17, 2019, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Student Services Building, YSSB room 309, Tampa, FL 33605

Faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend all bargaining sessions.

See you there!