Article 1 – Recognition

1.1 Bargaining Unit.

Pursuant to the Verification of Election Results of the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission, dated June 23, 2003, the Commission certified the United Faculty of Florida (hereafter “UFF”) as the exclusive bargaining representative for the employees (hereafter “faculty”) described herein and issued Certification Number 1399 to the UFF. The University of West Florida Board of Trustees (hereafter “Board”) has recognized the UFF as the exclusive representative, solely for the purpose of collective bargaining with respect to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment as specifically set forth in this Agreement, for all faculty in the bargaining unit described in the certification as amended. Attached as Appendix “A,” for information purposes only and not made a part of the Agreement, is the listing of titles included in the General Faculty bargaining unit.

1.2 University Rules and Policies.

(a) If there is an inconsistency between an existing University rule or policy and an express provision of this Agreement, the language in this Agreement will control.

(b) No new or amended Board or University rule, policy, or resolution will apply to faculty to the extent that it conflicts with an express term of this Agreement.

(c) The University will provide to the UFF an advance copy of any proposed rule or policy changing a term or condition of employment contained in this Agreement. The University will provide the advance copy of a proposed rule no later than the date of publication under the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (or equivalent). The advance copy of a policy will be provided to the UFF at least thirty (30) days in advance of its effective date so as to permit the UFF to seek consultation with respect to it. With respect to a rule adopted pursuant to the emergency provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (or equivalent), an advance copy will be provided as far in advance of its effective date as is feasible under the circumstances.

(d) If the University of West Florida Board of Trustees or a committee of the University of West Florida Board of Trustees has scheduled public hearings on any action that would conflict with an express term of this Agreement, the UFF will be provided the opportunity to address the matter upon request.

1.3 University of West Florida Board of Trustees Meetings.

(a) The Board will ensure that a copy of the detailed agenda for each Board meeting or Board committee or subcommittee meeting is made available in an easily accessible location in the Main Library or by links on the University website at the time those agendas are made publicly available.

(b) The Board will ensure that a copy of the minutes of Board meetings is made available in an easily accessible location in the Main Library or by links on the University website at the time they are made publicly available.

(c) Upon request, the UFF will be granted a place on the agenda at each public Board meeting for the purpose of addressing any item on the Board’s agenda that affects the wages, hours, or other terms and conditions of employment for faculty.

1.4 Right to Hear Views.

Nothing contained in this Agreement will be construed to prevent the University from meeting with any individual or organization to hear views on any matter, provided however, that as to any such matter which is a proper subject of collective bargaining and covered by a term of this Agreement, any changes or modifications will be made only through negotiation and agreement with the UFF.