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Contract for USF faculty represented by the United Faculty of Florida
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This website is an annotated version of the current collective bargaining agreement between the United Faculty of Florida and the University of South Florida Board of Trustees. Comments by union members, activists, and staff do not create legally-binding interpretations but are here rather as assistance in understanding the language of individual clauses and articles. Comments are moderated to prevent spam, but the intent is to publish them as soon as practical after they’re written.

1.1       Bargaining Unit. Pursuant to Order Granting Certification No. 03E-119 issued May 15, 2003 by the Public Employees Relations Commission, wherein the Commission issued Certification No. 1395 adopting the bargaining unit agreed to by the University of South Florida and the United Faculty of Florida, the University has recognized the United Faculty of Florida as the exclusive representative, solely for the purpose of collective bargaining with respect to wages, hours, and other terms [...]

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2.1       Consultation with President. The President or representative shall meet with the UFF representatives to discuss matters pertinent to the implementation or administration of this Agreement, University actions affecting terms and conditions of employment or any other mutually agreeable matters. Such meetings shall occur twice (2) per semester in the academic year and once (1) during the summer term unless the parties agree to meet more or less frequently. The party requesting consu [...]

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3.1       Use of Facilities and Services. Subject to the rules of the University and the terms of this Agreement, the UFF shall 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 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 organi [...]

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4.1       Policy. The USF Board of Trustees retains and reserves to itself the rights, powers, and authority vested in it, including the right to plan, manage, and control the University of South Florida and in all respects carry out the ordinary and customary functions of management. 4.2       Limitations. All such rights, powers, and authority are retained by the USF Board of Trustees, subject only to those limitations imposed by this Agreement. Only violations of such limitati [...]

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5.1       The University of South Florida affirms the principles of academic freedom and responsibility, which are rooted in a conception of the University as a community of scholars united in the pursuit of truth and wisdom in an atmosphere of tolerance and freedom. 5.2       Academic Freedom is the freedom of an employee to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, to explore all avenues of scholarship, research, and creative expression, to speak freely on all matters of un [...]

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6.1       Statement of Intent. A.  The University and the UFF fully support all laws intended to protect and safeguard the rights and opportunities of each employee to work in an environment free from any form of discrimination or harassment. The parties recognize their obligations under federal and state laws and rules and regulations prohibiting discrimination or harassment, including required implementation of affirmative action and equal opportunity programs. B.  The University [...]

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7.1       University Documents. A.        The University shall provide the UFF with a copy of the following: (1).  the agenda and minutes of the meetings of the University Board; (2). the agenda and minutes of the meetings of campus boards; (3). new University rules published under the Administrative Procedures Act; and (4). the USF/UFF Agreement and all supplements to the Agreement. If the documents referenced in 7.1 (A)(1) and (2) are maintained on the web by th [...]

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8.1 Policy The University shall exercise its authority to determine the standards, qualifications, and criteria so as to fill appointment vacancies in the bargaining unit with the best possible candidates. In furtherance of this aim, the University shall, (a) advertise such appointment vacancies, receive applications and screen candidates therefore, and make such appointments as it deems appropriate under such standards, qualifications, and criteria, and (b) commit to an effort to identify an [...]

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9.1       Policy. The professional obligation is comprised of both scheduled and non-scheduled activities. The parties recognize that it is a part of the professional responsibility of employees to carry out their duties in an appropriate manner and place. For example, while instructional activities, office hours, and other duties and responsibilities may be required to be performed at a specific time and place, other non-scheduled activities are more appropriately performed in a manner and [...]

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10.1    Policy. A.        Annual Evaluations. The purpose of the annual evaluation is to assess and communicate the nature and extent of an employee's performance of assigned duties consistent with the criteria specified in Article 10.4 below. The performance of employees, other than those who have received notice of nonreappointment under Article 12.2 or those not entitled to receive notice of nonreappointment under Article 12.2, shall be evaluated at least once annually, and they [...]

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11.1    Policy. There shall be one (1) evaluation file containing a dated copy of all documents used in the evaluation process, other than evaluation for tenure and promotion and successive fixed multi-year appointments. When evaluations and other personnel decisions are made, other than for tenure and promotion, and successive fixed multi-year appointments, the only documents which may be used are those contained in that file. Such documents shall be placed in the evaluation file within a re [...]

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12.1    No Property Right. No appointment shall create any right, interest, or expectancy in any other appointment beyond its specific terms, except as provided in Article 13.2, and Article 15.9. 12.2    Notice. A.        All employees, except those described in Sections 12.2(B)(1) and (C) below, are entitled to the following written notice that they will not be offered further appointment: (1). For employees in their first two (2) years of continuous university service, on [...]

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13.1    Layoff. A.        Layoff. When a layoff is to occur as a result of adverse financial circumstances; reallocation of resources; reorganization of degree or curriculum offerings or requirements; reorganization of academic or administrative structures, programs, or functions; or curtailment or abolition of one or more programs or functions; the University shall notify the local UFF Chapter and the UFF state office no less than thirty (30) days prior to taking such action. UFF m [...]

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14.1 Policy. A. Promotion decisions are not based solely upon an employee's annual performance evaluations. Rather, the University, through its faculty, professional employees, and administrators, assesses the employee's potential for growth and scholarly contribution as well as past meritorious performance. B. After completing one year of employment, employees eligible for consideration for promotion shall receive, if annually requested, an appraisal regarding their progress toward promot [...]

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15.1    Eligibility. Employees with the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and other employees the University may designate, shall be eligible for tenure, unless appointed with modifiers that would remove tenure-earning status, e.g. "Visiting, " "Research," "Clinical". The University may, by rule, make Assistant Professors ineligible for tenure. The University may designate other positions as tenure-earning and shall notify the employee of such status at the time of i [...]

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16.1    Just Cause. A.        The purpose of this article is to provide a prompt and equitable procedure for disciplinary action taken with just cause. Just cause shall be defined as: (1). incompetence, or (2). misconduct. B.        An employee's activities which fall outside the scope of employment shall constitute misconduct only if such activities adversely affect the legitimate interests of the University. 16.2    Progressive Discipline. Both parties endors [...]

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17.1    Requests for a Leave or Extension of Leave of One (1) Semester or More. A.        For a leave of one (1) semester or more, an employee shall make a written request not less than 120 days prior to the beginning of the proposed leave, if practicable. B.        For an extension of a leave of one (1) semester or more, an employee shall make a written request not less than sixty (60) days before the end of the leave, if practicable. C.        The University sh [...]

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18.1    University Authority and Responsibilities. Section 1004.23, Florida Statutes, authorizes the University to establish rules and procedures regarding patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Such rules and procedures shall be consistent with the terms of this Article. 18.2    Definitions. The following definitions shall apply in this Article: A.        A "work" includes any copyrightable material, such as printed material, computer software or databases, audio and visual mat [...]

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19.1    Policy. A.        An employee is bound to observe, in all official acts, the highest standards of ethics consistent with the code of ethics of the State of Florida (Chapter 112, Part III, Florida Statutes), the advisory opinions rendered with respect thereto, and all rules applicable to university employees. B.        Nothing in this Article is intended to discourage an employee from engaging in outside activity in order to increase the employee's professional repu [...]

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20.1    Purpose. The parties encourage the informal resolution of grievances whenever possible. The purpose of this procedure is to promote prompt and efficient resolution of grievances. This procedure shall be the sole and exclusive method for resolving grievances. 20.2    Definitions. As used herein: A.        "Grievance" shall mean a dispute filed on the appropriate grievance form (attached to this procedure) concerning the interpretation or application of a specific term o [...]

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21.1    Professional Meetings. Employees should be encouraged to and may, with the approval of the supervisor, attend professional meetings, conferences, and activities. Subject to the availability of funds, the employee's expenses in connection with such meetings, conferences, or activities shall be reimbursed in accordance with the applicable provisions of State law and university rules. 21.2    Office Space. Each employee shall be provided with office space which may be on a shared b [...]

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22.1 Professional Development Leave. A. Policy. Professional development leave shall be made available to employees who meet the requirements set forth below. Such leaves are granted to increase an employee's value to the University through enhanced opportunities for professional renewal, educational travel, study, formal education, research, writing, or other experience of professional value, not as a reward for service. B. Types of Professional Development Leave. Each year, the University or [...]

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23.1 Pay Plan. Ranked Faculty (Lecturers, Instructors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors, Professors. and equivalent Librarian ranks); non-ranked faculty; and in-unit Administration employees: A. Merit Increases The University shall provide a salary pool equal to 1.50% of the June 30, 2010 in-unit employee salary base to be distributed in the 2010/2011 academic year as follows to all eligible in-unit employees. The University shall provide a salary pool equal to 2.0% of the Jun [...]

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24.1    Benefits Improvements. The University and UFF support legislation to provide adequate and affordable health insurance to all employees. 24.2    Part-Time Employees. Part-time employees, except those in positions funded from temporary “Other Personal Services funds”, are entitled to employer-funded benefits under the provisions of State law and the rules of the Department of Management Services and the Division of Retirement. Part-time employees should contact the Human Resou [...]

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Pursuant to the provisions of Section 447.303, Florida Statutes, the University and the UFF hereby agree to the following procedure for the deduction and remittance of the UFF membership dues and other UFF deductions. 25.1    Deductions. A.        During the term of this Agreement, the University agrees to deduct the UFF membership dues in an amount established by the UFF and certified in writing by the UFF State President to the University, and to make other UFF deductions in an [...]

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26.1    No employee may be required to waive the benefits provided by the terms of this Agreement. No employee shall, as a result of the establishment of a level of rights or benefits in this Agreement, suffer a loss or diminution of any such rights or benefits for which otherwise eligible. 26.2     The reorganization of higher education in the State of Florida resulted in the legislative abolition of the Board of Regents and the creation of the University of South Florida Board of Tru [...]

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27.1    No Strike or Lockout. The University agrees that there will be no lockout during the term of this Agreement. The UFF agrees that there will be no strike by it or by any employees during the term of this Agreement. 27.2    Effect of Passage of Law. Any provision of this Agreement which is contrary to law, but becomes legal during the term of this Agreement, shall be reinstated consistent with such legislation. 27.3    Legislative Action. The University and UFF agree that ne [...]

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In the event that any provision of this Agreement (a) is found to be invalid or unenforceable by final decision of a tribunal of competent jurisdiction, or (b) is rendered invalid by reason of subsequently enacted legislation, or (c) shall have the effect of a loss to the State University System or University of funds, property, or services made available through federal law, or (d) pursuant to Section 447.309(3), Florida Statutes, can take effect only upon the amendment of a law, rule, or regul [...]

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29.1 The Agreement shall be effective on the date ratified by the University Board of Trustees except as otherwise agreed by the parties, and shall remain in effect until August 6, 2013. 29.2 Amendments. In the event the University and the UFF negotiate a mutually acceptable amendment to this Agreement, such amendment shall be put in writing and become part of this Agreement upon ratification by both parties. 29.3 Renegotiations for a successor agreement shall begin no later than October 1 [...]

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As used in this Agreement, the term: -- "academic year" means a period consisting of a fall and spring semester of approximately 39 contiguous weeks. -- "bargaining unit" means those employees, collectively, represented for collective bargaining purposes by the UFF pursuant to the certification of the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission dated May 15, 2003, wherein the Commission adopted the bargaining unit agreed to by the University and UFF. -- "Board," or " Board of Trustees [...]

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31.1    Limitation. The parties acknowledge that during the negotiations which resulted in the Agreement, the University and the UFF had the unlimited right and opportunity to present demands and proposals with respect to any and all matters lawfully subject to collective bargaining, and that all of the understandings and agreements arrived at thereby are set forth in this Agreement, and that it shall constitute the entire and sole Agreement between the parties for its duration. 31.2    [...]

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All employees in the following position classifications holding regular, visiting, provisional, research, affiliate, or joint appointments are included in the bargaining unit: 9001 - Professor 9002 - Associate Professor 9003 - Assistant Professor 9004 - Instructor 9005 - Lecturer 9006 - Graduate Research Professor 9007 - Distinguished Service Professor 9009 - Eminent Scholar 9016 - University School Professor 9017 - University School Associate Professor 9018 - Un [...]

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[This appendix contains a formatted membership form and UFF-PAC deduction form.]

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[This appendix contains the formatted grievance form.]

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[This appendix contains the formatted notice the chapter gives upon taking a grievance to arbitration.]

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[This appendix contains the form for all salary increase notices.]

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F.1      Exclusive Method The University of South Florida and the United Faculty of Florida agree to the following procedure as the exclusive method of resolving disputes under Article 9.3, of the Agreement which allege that an employee's assignment has been imposed arbitrarily or unreasonably. An employee who alleges that the assignment has been imposed arbitrarily or unreasonably may file a grievance under Article 20 of the USF/UFF Agreement only to enforce the exclusive Assignment [...]

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This Memorandum of Understanding is entered into this 19th day of February,2010, between the University of South Florida Board of Trustees (“Board of Trustees”) and the United Faculty of Florida (“UFF”). Whereas, the UFF is the certified bargaining agent for a unit of employees on the University of South Florida; Whereas, the parties are currently engaged in collective bargaining negotiations; Whereas, the parties desire to implement instructor promotion reviews without wai [...]

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