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Board approves Faculty Union Collective Bargaining Agreement

Seminole State College of Florida

Updated: July 14, 2016

On July 11, the Seminole State College of Florida Board of Trustees voted to adopt the Collective Bargaining Agreement ratified by bargaining-unit faculty members of Seminole State College on June 8, 2016. This is the first-ever contract between the United Faculty of Florida-Seminole Chapter and Seminole State College Board of Trustees. Nearly 60 percent of the faculty participated in the mid-summer vote and, with a 97 percent vote in favor, ratified the tentative agreement of a three-year contract for bargaining-unit faculty reached on April 29, 2016 between the College and the Union.

The highlights of the agreement for bargaining-unit members include:

  • A one-time ratification bonus of $1,000 to full-time faculty employed in a bargaining-unit position at Seminole State prior to Jan. 1, 2016, and at the time of disbursement.
  • An increase in base salary compensation for FY 2016-17 of up to 4.5 percent effective July 1, 2016.
  • Substantial increases in minimums and maximums of faculty salary ranges.
  • Full-time bargaining-unit faculty overload compensation rates equal to the current adjunct rate.
  • A well-defined Continuing Contract award process.
  • Clearly defined workload expectations.
  • Increased opportunities for achieving advanced degrees, including a substantial increase in faculty tuition reimbursement of up to $2,700 per term.

"During the negotiations the two teams sought to do what was best for students, provide competitive comprehensive salary packages and adopt a long-term view of compensation with the goal of recruiting and retaining exceptional faculty at Seminole State College," said Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State. "This agreement is a win for everyone. It is a positive step for our faculty and for the administration. By maintaining our ability to recruit and retain exceptional faculty who provide a quality educational experience for our students, it will also have a positive impact on our students. With the Union's and Board's approval, we can now work together even more closely as we continue to develop programs and opportunities that will enhance the higher education opportunities available in our region."

In addition to the base salary increase in year one, the College and the Union have jointly agreed to form a compensation sub-committee. This sub-committee will work together in years two and three of the agreement to jointly develop a competitive total compensation, workload and benefits package to enable the College to continue to recruit and retain quality faculty at Seminole State. The increase contained in the agreement provides fair salaries that are competitive with faculty salaries at the other 27 public colleges in Florida. Once executed, the 4.5 percent increase to base salary should return the average faculty salary at Seminole State to the top quartile in the state.

"Both the College and UFF-Seminole recognize the College’s mission to provide the highest quality education to our students," said Diana Boyette, president of the Seminole State College Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida. "We are excited about the opportunities the new contract provides. UFF-Seminole looks forward to continuing to work together to shape our College’s future, in the true spirit of shared governance."

All articles related to the bargaining agreement can be viewed at www.seminolestate.edu/legal-affairs/collective-bargaining

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