UFF-UWF has scheduled a virtual faculty ratification vote for the 2021-2022 “Reopener” Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Voting will open on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 and close at 11:59p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Voting will take place electronically. In-unit faculty will receive a verifiable voting email to their UWF email address from Helois (heliosvoting.org).
UFF will message faculty again once the email invitations to vote have gone out to individual faculty. The contract does not become official until it is ratified by both the UWF in-unit faculty and the UWF-BOT. All in-unit faculty are eligible to vote. The UFF-UWF bargaining team fully supports the ratification of the contract. Ratification documents are included below.
The 2021-2022 “Reopener” Collective Bargaining Agreement reflects the following contract items:
Article 21: Outside Activity and Conflict of Interest has been revised to address recent changes in Florida Statutes and to provide clarity regarding faculty reporting of outside activity.
Article 25: Salaries has been revised via MOU to include a $1,000 one-time bonus (this bonus was already distributed in the summer) and to include an agreement between the parties that the university will negotiate during the negotiations this spring the percentage increase and roll-out schedule for the forthcoming promotion structure to the ranks of Senior Instructor, Senior Lecturer, and Senior Research Associate.
Article 26: Benefits has been revised to increase the free graduate hours tuition benefit for dependents from 3hrs per semester to 6hrs per semester and to establish $20,000 total in recurring funds to be available on an annual basis for additional tuition scholarship funds for faculty dependents.
Two COVID-19 MOUs have also been attached here to reflect their negotiation through impact bargaining during these negotiations.
All other language of the CBA has been agreed to as “status quo” and unchanged from the 2020-2023 CBA.