3.1 Use of Facilities and Services.
Subject to the rules of the Board and the University, the UFF will have the right to use University facilities for meetings and all other services on the same basis as they are generally available to other University-related groups and organizations, which are defined as follows: University-Related Groups and Organizations. These groups and organizations may or may not receive budgetary support. Examples of such groups include student organizations, honor societies, fraternities, sororities, alumni associations, faculty committees, staff council, direct support organizations, the United Faculty of Florida, etc.
(a) The UFF may post bulletins and notices relevant to its position as the collective bargaining agent on a reasonable number of existing bulletin boards but on at least one (1) bulletin board per building where a substantial number of faculty have offices. Specific locations will be mutually selected by the University and the UFF in the course of consultation pursuant to Article 2 (Consultation). All materials placed on the designated bulletin boards will bear the date of removal and may be removed by the University after that date. In addition, such bulletin boards may not be used for election campaigns for public office or exclusive collective bargaining representation.
(b) The University will place a link in an appropriate place on the University web site to the web site of the UFF Chapter.
(c) Accessing existing University e-mail listservs or establishing a new listserv allowing the UFF electronic communication with faculty will be the subject of consultation, pursuant to Article 2 (Consultation). The UFF agrees to pay a reasonable annual fee to the University if access to a University maintained e-mail listserv is provided. However, such listservs may not be used for election campaigns for public offices or for exclusive collective bargaining representation. Faculty who are e-mail recipients of the listserv will have the right to have themselves removed from the listserv upon their written request.
3.3 Leave of Absence – Union Activity.
(a) At the written request of the UFF, provided no later than May 1 of the year prior to the beginning of the academic year when such leave is to become effective, a full-time or part-time leave of absence for the academic year will be granted to up to three (3) faculty designated by the UFF for the purpose of carrying out UFF’s obligations in representing faculty and administering this Agreement, including lobbying and other political representation. Such leave may also be granted to up to three (3) faculty for the entire Summer term, upon written request by the UFF provided no later than March 15 of the preceding academic year. Upon the failure of the UFF to provide the Board with a list of representatives by the specified deadlines, the Board may refuse to honor any of the requests which were submitted late.
(b) No more than one (1) faculty member per fifteen (15) faculty per department/unit need be granted such leave at any one time.
(c) The UFF will reimburse the University for the faculty member’s salary, fringe benefits, and retirement.
(d) Faculty on full-time leave under thisparagraph will be eligible to receive salary increases in accordance with the provision s of section 19.12 (Leave without Pay). Faculty on less than full-time leave under this paragraph will be eligible to receive salary increases on the same basis as other faculty.
(e) A faculty member who has been granted leave under this Article for two (2) consecutive academic years will not again be eligible for such leave until two (2) consecutive academic years have elapsed following the end of the leave. One (1) faculty member, designated by the UFF, will be exempt from the provisions of this subsection. Other exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the Board upon prior written request by the UFF.
(f)Neither the University nor the Board will be liable for the acts or omissions of said faculty during the leave and the UFF will hold the University and the Board harmless for any such acts or omissions, including the cost of defending against such claims.
(g) A faculty member on such leave will not be evaluated for this activity nor will such activity be considered by the University in making personnel decisions.
3.4 Released Time for UFF Representative(s).
(a) The Board agrees to provide a total of two (2) units of released time per semester (Fall and Spring) to full-time faculty designated by the UFF for the purpose of carrying out the UFF’s obligations in representing faculty and administering this Agreement. The UFF may designate faculty to receive released time during the academic year, subject to the condition that no more than one (1) faculty member per fifteen (15) faculty members per department/unit may be granted released time at any one time, nor may any faculty member be granted more than a one (1) unit reduction in a single semester.
(b) The Board agrees to provide one (1) additional unit of released time for those semesters (Fall or Spring only) when UFF and the Board are engaged in collective bargaining (as indicated by the dates included in Article 32 Amendment and Duration).
(c) The UFF will provide the Board with a list of requested representatives for the academic year no later than May 1 of the preceding g academic year. Upon approval of the representatives by the Board, the representatives will serve for one (1) academic year. Substitutions for the Spring semester may be made upon written notification submitted by the UFF to the Board no later than October 15.
(d) A “unit” of released time will consist of a reduction in teaching load of one (1) course per Fall or Spring semester for instructional faculty or, for non-instructional faculty, a reduction in workload of ten (10) hours per week.
(e) Released time will be used for conducting University -related UFF business, at the University or State level, and will not be used for lobbying or other political representation. Leave for lobbying or other political representation may be purchased by the UFF pursuant to section 3.3 (Leave of Absence—Union Activity).
(f) Faculty who are on leave of any kind, other than leave pursuant to section 3.3 (Leave of Absence—Union Activity) will not be eligible to receive released time.
(g) Upon the failure of the UFF to provide a list of representatives by the specified deadlines, the Board may refuse to honor any of the released time requests which were submitted late. Substitutions submitted after the October 15 deadline will be allowed at the discretion of the Board.
(h) A faculty member who has been granted released time for either or both semesters during four (4) consecutive academic years will not again be eligible for released time until two (2) academic years have elapsed following the end of the fourth (4th) academic year in which such released time was granted.
(i) As an exception to the limitation above (paragraph “h”), one (1) faculty member designated by the UFF will be eligible for released time for responsibilities at the State level for one (1) additional year. This faculty member will not again be eligible for released time until two (2) academic years have elapsed following the end of the fifth (5th) academic year of released time. This faculty member will be identified by the UFF no later than May 1 of the preceding academic year; substitutions may be approved by the Board at its discretion.
(j) Faculty on released time will be eligible for salary increases on the same basis as other faculty, but their released time activities will not be evaluated nor taken into consideration by the University in making personnel decisions.
(k) Faculty on released time will retain all rights and responsibilities as faculty members but will not be considered representatives of the University or the Board for any activities undertaken on behalf of the UFF. The UFF agrees to hold the University and the Board harmless for any claims arising from such activities, including the cost of defending against such claims.
(l) Summer. The UFF may designate one (1) faculty member to receive a thirteen (13) week 1.0 FTE Summer released time equivalent whenever the bargaining teams are engaged in collective bargaining. UFF may elect to receive the 1.0 Summer released time equivalent in increments of .25 and/or .375 FTE released time equivalent distributed among up to three (3) faculty members. The total FTE Summer released time equivalent shall not exceed 1.0 for the UFF chapter. For these purposes, a .25 FTE equals a ten (10) hour per week workload for thirteen (13) weeks. The UFF will provide the Board with the name of the requested representative(s) and the amount(s) of the FTE distributions subject to the limitations of this article no later than April 7 of the academic year preceding the Summer term. All other provisions contained in section 3.4 (Released Time) except 3.4(a, b, and d) will apply to Summer released time equivalent.