QUESTIONS FORWARDED PENDING RESPONSES

September 7, 2017

 

QUESTIONER I: DATE ASKED: FORWARDED TO:
Anonymous March 2, 2017 John White, President (2016-2017)
UNF - United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I:
In a recent "Did you know" item you said: "Not having any discipline-specific guidelines leaves Promotion and Tenure decisions entirely at the discretion of administration, without feedback from departmental faculty."
This statement seems misleading given the composition of department P&T committees, which are made up of departmental faculty, and the role their vote plays in the outcome of P&T cases. As well, department faculty are able to write department letters of recommendation. And the University P&T committee is made up of faculty as well, although not departmental faculty. How do you claim that P&T decisions do not have feedback from departmental faculty, and that discipline-specific guidelines are the antidote?
 




 Written Responses to Questions 
   
QUESTIONER I:    DATE ASKED:    WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

April 6, 2017 John White, President
UNF - United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS I: 

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.

 

Answer from FA President Pyati from the floor.
Decertification of a union is handled by the National Labor Relations Board. Briefly, 30% of members in the bargaining unit must sign a petition requesting a decertification election to be held by the NLRB. Signatures must be collected during non-work times and in non-work areas, without use of employer resources. If the majority votes for decertification, the union will be decertified. More detail is available at the NLRB’s website www.nlrb.gov.


Answer from John White:
The means by which to decertify a union are readily available online. The intent of this anonymous question is to make a public anti-union political statement. There are also a number of inaccuracies in the question itself.

There is no evidence to suggest that our primary efforts in bargaining were focused primarily on non-tenure-track faculty. For tenure line faculty we bargained for—among many other things—across the board raises, compression and inversion adjustments, guarantees of ownership of intellectual property, guarantees of academic freedom, a fair and equitable promotion and tenure process, and even the eradication of a waiver of the right to judicial review (e.g., when or if the state legislature attempts to contravene parts of the CBA). Ours was the first and only chapter in the state to have won this important change to a CBA. In addition to these major accomplishments for tenure-line faculty, we also rectified a long-standing injustice: the lack of any merit-based promotion system for the university’s many Instructors and Lecturers. Rectifying this injustice was, the questioner should note, one of the top concerns listed by UNF faculty when we solicited their needs and goals for the last CBA. It was a major concern for faculty at large and it was the right thing to do.


QUESTIONER II:   DATE ASKED:    WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

April 6, 2017 John White, President
UNF - United Faculty of Florida
QUESTION SYNOPSIS II:

Given that UNF has finally reached 100% pass rate in the promotion and tenure process, is it time to revisit the promotion and tenure process, perhaps by the addition of college-level committees, where the real decision-making process lies?

 

QUESTIONER III:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Pali Sen

April 6, 2017 Megan Kuehner
University Registrar
QUESTION SYNOPSIS III:

In today’s agenda packet for the Information Item #4, a table is provided for midterm grades. Over the last 4 semesters, records show that 7.7-31.5% eligible professors provided the midterm grades. Since midterm grades are a tool to improve retention and graduation of our students, can the Registrar’s office provide the Chairs/Directors a list of classes with missing grades after the due date? Similarly, if final exam grades are missing for any class, department Chairs are alerted with such a list.

 

QUESTIONER IV:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

May 11, 2017 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS IV:

There is an anonymous question about the Online Parking Permit System failure, along with several other emails, on the morning of Monday, April 10, the day the system opened.

    

Responses from FA President Pyati on the floor
President Pyati reported that the Parking Services resolved the problem later that morning.


QUESTIONER V:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

April 6, 2017 Shari Shuman, Vice President
Administration & Finance

John Hale, Assistant Vice President 
Physical Facilities
QUESTION SYNOPSIS V:
This morning, I saw a student riding a skateboard under a walkway right beside the "No skateboarding sign" and this student was smoking at the same time. What is the enforcement policy on skateboarding, and how can it be enhanced, especially given the narrow pedestrian traffic paths around the Skinner-Jones construction site where skateboarding is often observed?

 

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.


QUESTIONER VI:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VI:

Has there been any study done at the university to support what is being discussed among some faculty members about male patriarchy and faculty salaries? I would like to know if there is any truth to the rumor that female faculty members make less than their male counterparts. 

Responses from FA President Radha Pyati
A study comparing female and male faculty salaries has not been done but was discussed by me and UFF President John White in 2016. I will work with new UFF President Rebecca Marcon about the possibility of UFF commissioning such a study this year.


QUESTIONER VII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

October 13, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VII:

Could the Faculty Association request the salaries of every administrator as well as the history of raises for all of these individuals during the time in which John Delaney has been president? Could the Faculty Association then report on the trends and especially the comparison with faculty raises over this same period?

 

Responses from FA President Radha Pyati

The table below, provided by UFF, shows average faculty and administrator raises for the period 2009-2014. These six years of data provide a reasonable indication of a pattern worthy of faculty attention.

 

 

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Average raise given to administrators

 

6.16%

1.47%

1.44%

4.75%

.33%

1.30%

Average raise given to faculty members

 

3.67%

0.00%

3.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

The raise that would have been possible for both admin and faculty had the available money been spent equitably.

4.54%

0.52%

2.45%

1.66%

0.12%

0.46%

 
Note: These calculations do not include pay increases associated with promotion for either administrators or faculty

 
QUESTIONER VIII:  DATE ASKED:  WRITTEN RESPONSES: 

Anonymous

December 1, 2016 Radha Pyati, President/Designee
UNF Faculty Association
QUESTION SYNOPSIS VIII:

The administration claims there are no resources for faculty raises. Yet salaries and raises for current and former administrators, as well as ongoing payments to Leonard Carson, suggest that there are resources available for salaries. How can these resources be shared with faculty, who are teaching students on the front lines and are justifiably surprised by these raises, when their own cost-of-living raises with no increase in pay?

Responses from FA President Radha Pyati
The next university budget contains a planned allocation for faculty raises, and they will be negotiated between UFF and the administration beginning this fall. 

 


 
 

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