Latest Information (Apr/May 2015):
After more than two years of negotiations, UFF FAMU declared impasse over the bargaining of a successor agreement with FAMU. The UFF FAMU negotiating team decided that further talks with the administration were not likely to yield positive results. After waiting for months for the FAMU administration’s salary proposal, UFF bargainers were offered a 1 percent pay raise to the base of faculty salaries and a 1 percent bonus. Given that the median salary at FAMU is $52,000, this offer would have resulted in $520 to the base of faculty members’ salaries and another $520 as a bonus; about half of the $1,000 to base provided to FAMU last year by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration.
This proposal was presented despite the fact that FAMU successfully lobbied the Florida Legislature for funds to provide the Pharmacy and Engineering faculty salary increases, resulting in some faculty receiving increases of 25 percent. While UFF FAMU supported the concept of providing this talented and dedicated faculty with raises, the administration’s proposal for the remainder of the faculty was not so much an offer as it was an insult to those who haven’t seen a university provided raise in several years.
A comparison of FAMU to other universities in the State University System (SUS) illustrates the data that is at the root of this controversy:
- FAMU is ranked last among all Florida SUS doctoral institutions for Full Professor salaries.
- FAMU is ranked last for Assistant Professor salaries.
- FAMU is ranked 6th for Associate Professor salaries.
- FAMU is ranked 6th for average salaries across all ranks.
- FAMU is ranked 3rd for Lecturer/Instructor salaries.
FAMU UFF expects a mediator’s decision within the next month. (May 2015)