Another step taken toward agreement

The United Faculty of Florida voted unanimously on Friday to approve the wording of the annual reopening of clauses in the standing labor contract.

The contract, which sets pay rates and defines benefits for all eligible faculty members, had been under negotiation for 10 months before bargaining teams from UFF and the Board of Trustees reached a tentative agreement April 13.

On May 3, the BOT’s Finance and Audit Workgroup will vote on the agreement’s language. If passed, the new contract would then appear before the entire BOT for a vote.

According to Vice Provost Dwayne Smith, no contract that has been approved by the Finance and Audit Workgroup has ever been denied.

“If the workgroup approves the wording of the contract, it stands highly likely that it will be approved by the Board of Trustees,” he said.