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Seeking bargaining team members - deadline to apply Thursday, November 2nd at 4PM EDT


Dear Member,

The deadline to apply for the FSU Core Bargaining Team is Thursday November 2nd at 4PM.  The application form is attached.

Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 

For those who don’t know, the CBA (sometimes just called ‘the contract’, or ‘agreement’) codifies all the work conditions, inclusive of salaries, raises, etc. for all the faculty members and librarians on campus (exclusive of employees who hold administrative positions or are department chairs). Those covered by the contract are part of what is called the FSU bargaining unit (the contract applies to everyone in the bargaining unit whether or not they have joined the union though only union members can ratify the contract). The contracts are legally binding agreements that are first negotiated by the Core Bargaining Team and Admin (see below) and then ratified by members.  Our CBA’s generally run for three (3) years.  Our current CBA covers the period from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024.  Many times, we do not complete bargaining until well into the new contract year. 

2024-2027 CBA

Bargaining for our July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2027, CBA begins Spring 2024.  The FSU will inform the Provost’s Office and the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources in mid-December of our intent to begin bargaining in Spring.

Core Bargaining Team (CBT)

The Core Bargaining Team is the sole group that represents the FSU and negotiates with the Provost office and human resources for our successor agreement, the 2024-2027 CBA.  The CBT membership includes a librarian and at least one member of each rank. 

The CBT responsibilities

The CBT proposes new language and/or amended language to the CBA.  This includes team members coming together to draft contract language for insertion into the CBA. This language is then presented to administration in a bargaining session.    

What happens in a bargaining session? 

The CBT and administration (Provost, other Provost staff, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, and Senior Labor Relations) meets together for two to three hours.  One side presents a proposal. Discussion ensues. Counter proposals are made, usually at the next session. 

Time commitment

Although we say we begin bargaining in Spring 2024, when we end is unknown. Sometimes an agreement is made in the same calendar year. Others time, not so.  The FSU has a history of not agreeing and ratifying a contract until well into the new contract year(s).

Individual CBT members will need to be at all bargaining sessions (usually two-to-three-hour blocks) every couple of weeks and available to meet as a team between bargaining sessions. 

In exchange for serving, Article 5.6 of the contract includes language related to providing a CLR or stipend to those who serve as a CBT member.  The CLR or stipend exists for the length of bargaining. 

How to be a CBT member

To be on the CBT you must a dues paying member in good standing of the FSU.  

If you wish to join the CBT, please complete the attached application.  Once completed, email the application to FSU

Opportunities to be part of bargaining. 

If serving on the CBT is not possible, there are still opportunities for you to be involved in your contract negotiations.

Expanded Bargaining

The FSU bargaining team is all FSU members. The CBT are your designees who speak in bargaining sessions.  If you are an FSU member in good standing, you can attend a bargaining session as a silent attendee. This means you watch the proceedings without speaking.  

The CBT will send an email invitation to members announcing a bargaining session with instructions on how to be an expanded member. We anticipate expanded members will be virtual attendees. 

Contract Action Team (CAT)

Many times, the CBT focuses on contract language yet also needs to inform the members of what is taking place and ask you to take some action.  A CAT will be formed for the purpose of doing outreach to members and to ask members to act. 


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