The current BOT-UFF contract expires in July 2008. The FIU administration and UFF FIU bargaining team have met twice this month to begin bargaining the new contract and have scheduled a series of bargaining sessions in May and June. Both sides have committed to try to reach tentative agreement on a new three-year contract in time to submit it to the bargaining unit for ratification before the expiration of the current contract.
The UFF FIU has proposed a promotion process for instructors and lecturers that would provide them the opportunity for a career path and salary increases similar to their tenure-track colleagues. The FIU Administration has proposed to put parental leave on a time line that is more consistent with semester class schedules. Although initial proposals have been exchanged, no tentative agreement has been reached on either of these issues.
At this point, we still have not reached agreement on 2007-2008 salaries. UFF has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the BOT for giving out discretionary raises and awards without bargaining. Discretionary monies, which cover such things as counter-offers and special awards, must be bargained annually as part of the salary article.
Finally, the BOT has yet to respond to UFF’s proposal on implementation of the lab space reallocation policy announced at the beginning of 2008. Though the BOT informed UFF in December it would declare an impasse on this issue, the BOT has not yet taken the steps necessary to bring the impasse before the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) for resolution. UFF will continue to seek to bargain an agreement with the BOT that insures that productive faculty currently assigned lab space will not lose space or other resources necessary for on-going teaching, research and scholarly activities.