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Update on FSU Grievance Matters


Many of these grievances will have an impact on other members, including the conversion to the new language for NTTs.

Removal of Tenure

An arbitration hearing for a tenured faculty member who was dismissed in violation of just cause will conclude next week, and we expect a decision in a couple of months.

Improper Denial of Tenure

A tenure track faculty member who was denied tenure recently had a step ll hearing. The issue in this case is unequal treatment upon the administration’s failure to apply consistent standards for tenure review.

Calendar Year Time for NTT Promotional Eligibility

We have a grievance that addresses the issue of a unit member’s promotional eligibility in which we assert that pre July 1, 2014 creditable service is based on a calendar year calculation.  The Administration denied the grievance at the Step II level. The FSU has filed for arbitration.

NTT Under Salary Floors Grievance, 2012-14 Contract

Many NTTs had incorrect salary floors and titles under the 12-14 contract. The FSU filed a grievance on this issue a number of years ago (this grievance covers incorrect salaries/titles up to and including the Spring 15 semester). This grievance is still pending though we are making progress on a resolution. Members with incorrect titles and/or salaries from the 12-14 contract as of Spring 15 will first have their titles/salaries corrected retroactively if/when the grievance is decided. Any new title from the 2014-17 contract that would have applied during the conversion will be retroactively applied as of Fall 2014.

Associate Lecturers Hired at Half-Time or Greater

The new contract language stipulates that certain temporary NTTs may be hired as Associate Lecturers rather than Lecturers (see Article 21 of the contract for more information). However, the language also stipulates that Associate Lecturers may only be hired at less than half-time. The Administration violated this provision by hiring faculty into Associate Lecturer positions with a workload of half time or greater.  A step I hearing for this grievance was just held and we await a decision in this case.

Additional Work for Part-Time NTT

Article 21.3 stipulates that when additional work arises, the administration must offer the work to current, qualified part-time NTT in the department in order of seniority. This clause may not have been followed in the College of Management, so a step I grievance hearing was held. Our proposed remedy for this grievance will extend to all departments and colleges where Article 21.3 was not properly followed.

Credit Bearing Courses Paid as Add Comp Rather than Salary

We filed a grievance on behalf of a part-time NTT who was being paid additional compensation for credit bearing course work. This practice is in violation of a policy that states such pay should be salary, listed as part of the member’s accumulated FTE total, and counted as creditable time for purposes of pension calculation. A step I hearing was just held. Our proposed remedy for this grievance will extend to all unit members who are similarly situated.

Retro Pay Not Given to Former Members

Unit members who were on payroll during 2014-15 but were no longer on payroll as of 9/1/15 due to resignation, termination, or layoff have received the retro pay that other members received on 10/23/15. The Memorandum of Agreement governing our pay stipulates that anyone on payroll during the effective dates of the raises is eligible for these raises. We have filed a grievance stating that these unit members should receive retroactive pay, and a step I hearing was held.

Other Grievances

  1. We have reached a settlement on behalf of an individual NTT member who was not given a promotion in a timely fashion.
  2. We filed a grievance on behalf of an Associate Lecturer who teaches in a CAPS program who was seeking but denied additional work. The FSU asserts that the MOU- University College (now called CAPS) should apply to this individual, which requires additional work to be offered to current NTTs regardless of title).

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