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This section features questions from FGCU faculty and answers from UFF-FGCU leaders.


Q:  What does our faculty union do and how does it work? 

A:  Get the answer in this 7-minute video by UFF-FGCU's Former President Madelyn Isaacs.

  7-minutes with Maddie


Q. How can we make a stronger Union?

A: There are many things you can do. Send your requests to Morgan T. Paine or Win Everham

  1. Come to chapter meetings where the most open and detailed discussions take place. E-mail Beth to schedule a special information session.
  2. Come to the next Board of Trustees meeting The union bargains with the Board of Trustees through the administration. Wear your UFF shirt if you're a member and want the board to know faculty are listening. 
  3. Help find solutions, whether you are a member or not. The union has a suite of issues including salary (inversion-compression), benefits (same sex partner), workloads (compensation for "free work" like internship supervision, senior research and independent study advising, etc.) that get addressed through bargaining.  You can help tremendously by picking an issue that concerns you, then helping to research and craft proposals that will inform negotiations.  UFF leadership can help identify others who share your interests, and facilitate your project work.  Your participation will be clearly defined, short-term and project-based.
  4. Become a member of UFF.  The union is a membership organization, not a service organization.  It gets its strength from the size of its membership, which translates to a stronger voice at the bargaining table.  Here is how past President Maddy Isaacs describes the relationship between membership and contract strength: "When I look at proportion of members and the quality of contracts around the state at both Universities and community/state colleges, there is a clear correlation between the proportion of faculty who support the union with their pocketbooks as well as their rhetoric and the quality of contract provisions..." 



Q: I've observed in my college that new faculty receive starting salaries up to $30,000 dollars higher than faculty at the same rank who have been here since FGCU was founded.  Is there anything the union can do to raise the pay of employees who have contributed to the growth and mission of the university and deserve to be compensated for their hard work?

A: Yes, we agree that compression and inversion are serious problems here at FGCU. We hear from our colleagues that this is a problem, and in addition, we experience it ourselves!  The way we work for change is through collective bargaining, our legal method to address issues of salaries, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Progress Report:

What can you do?

If you haven't already joined the union, please consider it.  A union that represents more than half of the faculty carries more weight to the bargaining table than one that represents a smaller fraction.

If you are a member, help us recruit new members by talking to your colleagues.  Tell them we need their support.


Q: What is the problem with merit pay or value added pay applied to teachers in the public sector?

A: Check out this short video for an answer.

E-mail (rcooke@fgcu.edu) us your questions and we'll respond as quickly as we can, either individually, or by posting answers to anonymous, general questions here.