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We have reached agreement on a new contract!


Dear FSU Members,

The FSU’s Core Bargaining Team reached a general agreement on the 2020-2023 contract last night sometime after 11pm.  There is still a lot of work to be done to translate everything into contract language and a presentable form – but we have an agreement.

We will provide a more extensive update in the New Year – as well as member forums to discuss the agreement, circulation of the agreement, ratification, etc.

Although the FSU did not achieve everything we proposed in bargaining (that’s the nature of bargaining!), there were some important gains.   A few highlights:

Raises: 2.5%-2%-2% (plus a 1.5% bonus).  We realize this is not sufficient given the level of inflation, but this was the rate for colleges and universities across the state.

Promotional Raises and Salary Floors: -- All the promotional bumps and salary floors were increased.  

Associate Lecturers – Increased the per course rate from $5,000 to $5,350.

Senior Lecturer II – Teaching load goes from a 4-4 to a 4-3.

Senior Lecturer III – New rank will be created, with a teaching load of 3-3 and a salary raise of $6500.

2-2 Teaching Load for all Tenure-Track Faculty – The 2-2 load will be in the contract and apply to all tenure-track faculty at the university.

Research Intensive Semester for Junior Faculty

Travel Money:  Librarians and Clinical Nursing faculty will be eligible for the travel fund; the individual award amount will be increased from $1000 to $1150; the total pool will be increased to $325,000.

RES Money – The Administration agreed to an additional $25,000 for the next two years of the contract for anti-racism initiatives. 

We know you will have lots of questions – which we will answer in the new year through a more extensive update, circulating the tentative agreement itself, and holding forums.

Finally, we want to acknowledge all the incredible hard work that this team as well as all the members of our expanded bargaining team (that is, all of you!) have done over the last year and a half to reach this agreement. None of this could have happened without our collective effort!


Core Bargaining Team              

Caroline Coscia, Senior Lecturer II, Political Science, FSU Vice President

Katie D’Urso, MTA Field Representative

Jessica Holden, Librarian III, Healey Library

Maria Mellone, Non-Reappointed (i.e., laid off) Associate Lecturer, Math

Alex Mueller, Associate Professor, English

Lorenzo Nencioli, FSU Senior Staff Member

Jason Rodriquez, Associate Professor, Sociology

Heike Schotten, Professor, Political Science

Steve Striffler, Director of the Labor Resource Center and Professor, Anthropology, FSU President

Tony Vandermeer, Senior Lecturer II, Africana Studies

For information on the FSU, links to our contract and bargaining updates, and a calendar of events, see the FSU webpage