Partial answer from FA President Pyati from the floor, regarding smoking. A question regarding smoking enforcement was asked at the December 2016 FA meeting, and the response provided by VP Mauricio Gonzalez appears in the January 12 FA meeting Questions and Responses index on the FA website. Support Services Committee received the response from UPD Chief Mackesy during October 26, 2016 meeting: UPD "will not enforce" the smoking ban. He specifically mentioned not writing citations for those found smoking on campus. This is in opposition to the stroll it, don't roll it policy, which the UPD does enforce with citations and verbal admonitions.
One evening, I was about to make a left turn in a parking lot on the UNF campus, and two students crossed my car on rollerboards – they came out of nowhere. I had to slam on my brakes. Some students seem to use the parking lots as playgrounds. Can we get some border collies to chase these rollerboards away from the parking lots (not the students), before someone gets hurt?
The union has pointed out that our pay is at the bottom of the State University System. Bargaining efforts are more focused on non-tenure track instructors rather than issues of concern to the faculty at large. And recent email blasts have been misleading. Therefore I would like a detailed explanation of the steps for the Faculty to decertify the union.
If it is true that the interim dean of the College of Arts and Science received raises over his last two promotions equal to or greater than $80,000, how can the administration possibly defend paying a great number of UNF staff members less than $25,000 a year? And how can it defend paying adjuncts $2250 per course? How is this just?Responses from FA president Radha Pyati:Twice in the last ten years, we have given compression increases to our lowest-paid employees. We recognize that we need to find more opportunities to do this, but that does mean less in the overall pool when we negotiate our other contracts. With regard to adjunct pay, the questioner should note that the $2,250 referenced in the question is the lowest amount paid for an adjunct at UNF and there are a number of adjuncts who make more. We top out at about $6,000 in highly specialized areas. If we use the most recent data available in the Chronicle of Higher Education, we find that in Florida when you average adjunct payment across disciplines, the average of averages is $2,389, with a range from $450 (adjunct teaching English at Embry Riddle) to $7,800 (adjunct with specialization in a field of business at Miami University). There is no doubt that, with greater fiscal resources, we could address the issues facing some of our lowest-paid employees and we will continue our efforts toward that end. With regard to adjunct compensation per course, we currently perform better than the state as a whole.
Why does the administration employ an expensive outside attorney to negotiate with the union, when the union/faculty do not similarly employ an attorney to represent us and negotiate on their own? We have many in-house lawyers, including John Delaney, and all of our in-house lawyers recently received very large raises because they threatened to walk out en masse, in a state where faculty do not have the right to strike. Couldn't the fees that Leonard Carson charges each year be put instead toward a faculty/staff raise?FA President Radha Pyati spoke with UNF President John Delaney about the reasons for hiring an outside attorney to negotiate with the union. President Delaney said the following: he has worked with an outside attorney to negotiate with public employee unions since 1991, he appreciates Leonard Carson’s noncombative style, and an experienced labor lawyer is needed to ensure that provisions agreed to are strictly legal. An outside negotiator also acts as a buffer for both sides. Also, he is willing to stand up to me and the administration team when we are off base, and an internal negotiator may not feel that independence.
Please check the Faculty Association minutes website for Questions answered during the meeting:http://www.unf.edu/unffa/minutes/Faculty_Association/Faculty_Association_Minutes_Index.aspx.
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