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Department Chairs. September 17. Life is Changing. Significant GAU changes in re-openers Major overhaul of UFF contract pending ratification. Today’s 15 minutes. Not going to use all 15 as I suspect lots of questions already pent up

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department chairs

Department Chairs

September 17

life is changing
Life is Changing
  • Significant GAU changes in re-openers
  • Major overhaul of UFF contract
    • pending ratification
today s 15 minutes
Today’s 15 minutes
  • Not going to use all 15 as I suspect lots of questions already pent up
  • Some key changes in both GA union contract and UFF union contract.
  • Some general advice
life in an unionized campus
Life in an Unionized Campus
  • 50 years in higher education; almost 40 in FL
  • “in-unit” vs. “out-of unit”
  • We all have to deal with it (GAU)
  • We all are affected by it
  • Represented by vs. member of
gau changes
GAU changes
  • Minimum raised to 11k
  • 4.4% raise october 1
  • Gator care
  • FMLA “lite”
  • Full negotiations next summer
    • Need input on ideas for next summer
    • We will be seeking out ideas
faculty union changes
Faculty Union Changes
  • Tentative agreement; not valid until ratified
  • Ratification vote this week (UFF and UFBOT)
  • Training sessions scheduled throughout fall
    • Associate deans
    • Chairs
    • HR
    • Other
  • If you don’t get invite, invite yourself
faculty changes
Faculty changes
  • 5% raises
  • Combined tenure and promotion articles
  • Simplified contract
  • Merged sabbaticals and FEOs
    • Does not affect out of unit faculty
  • Summer changes
advice
Advice
  • Read
  • Listen
  • Ask
slide9
Read
  • The regulations (out-of-unit)
  • The faculty contract (in-unit)
  • The GAU contract
listen
Listen
  • Most of all, listen to your faculty
  • They may be asking the wrong question
  • Find out what they really want
  • talk with them; you are their best advocate
  • You may need to re-direct them….if they are not performing appropriately, guide/mentor.
  • There is another session on evaluations, but need not wait until evaluation to express concerns.
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Ask
  • Your associate dean
  • Us
  • HR
  • Contracts and rules can be complex, even to those of us working them every day.
  • We are in constant contact with HR and with associate deans; deans so your question can get routed correctly and quickly.
chair as manager
Chair as manager
  • Old joke is that managing faculty is like herding cats.
  • Slightly different managerial role for chairs (engineering vs education vs out of unit)
  • Same principles apply
    • Work with
    • cajole
    • Very little of “ordering”
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