Negotiation Information

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Dear Colleagues, as we continue to negotiate with the Administration on your behalf, I want to emphasize that all of our "asks" are based on a sense of fairness and Respect for Faculty. We believe that discussing each article of the contract and jointly reaching a solution is respectful. However:

  • Presenting a "take-it-or-leave-it" proposal is disrespectful.
  • Threatening to deny faculty raises from the beginning of the contract is disrespectful.
  • Refusing to agree to honor the entire contract (by including a waiver to third-party Arbitration in their proposal) is disrespectful.
  • Playing fast and loose with the numbers to obfuscate how behind the rest of the state we are is disrespectful.
  • Refusing to even consider a Nondiscrimination article is disrespectful.

Some of you have asked for more detailed information on just how low our salaries are compared to other state colleges in Florida. This is information provided to the state by the colleges. These are the Administration's own numbers.

Attached is a file with three PDFs that contain the following:

  1. 2013-14 Florida College System Faculty Salaries, including the 2.0 Semester* Equivalents
  2. 2013-14 FCS Faculty Salaries, converted by educational level (doctorate, masters, etc.)
  3. 2004-14 FCS  "Big 5" Salaries, with averages, plus state averages, and corresponding graphs.

I hope this helps clarify our position for those who were not able to join us at the Negotiation. Please come out and lend your support on Oct. 6.

With Respect,

Karen Morian
President, UFF-FSCJ
uff.fscj@gmail.com

 

2014 Florida College Systaem comparison data PDF

On #1 and #2, the "Big 5" colleges - Broward, FSCJ, Miami-Dade, St. Pete, and Valencia - are highlighted yellow. These are the comparators, and the ones that Dr. Bioteau referenced in her "open letter" to full-time faculty.

VERY IMPORTANT - Note that at the bottom of #1, highlighted in yellow, is this statement: "2.0 semester Equivalents have been determined by the application of conversion factors to the 2.5 and 3.0 semester salaries.  These contract periods have been adjusted in order to develop a salary composite for 2.0 semesters or nine months.  This period is the nationally recognized basis for comparison.  The federal standard factors of 0.909 and 0.818 have been respectively applied to 2.5 and 3.0 semester salaries."

While the Administration apparently believes that we should further adjust the data computations and that the state analysis is not sufficient, we continue to believe that our assessment should simply use what is stated in this Florida State Department of Education document, found at Fact Book page 6.6T.  This is what the State uses, and this is what the State says that the Federal Government uses. 

That accepted methodology is depicted in #3, showing the data summary that averages the four other colleges in the "big 5", and that compares those other four to FSCJ.  It shows that as of the Fall Semester of the 2013-14 year data, FSCJ's average faculty salary is $52,419, while the four other similar-size colleges average is $59,659.  FSCJ faculty is paid $7,240 less than the average of the other four, AFTER the salaries of the other four have been adjusted, where appropriate, to a 2.0 semester equivalent using the state- and federally-accepted methodology for doing so.