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Update #4

Meeting date: Monday, 10 July 2017
Bargained Article: 17.7.A
Concerned Party/Article Opened By:   UFF
Issues: Parental Leave
CBA Language under review: Section 17.7.A [“Parental leave is unpaid leave unless other paid leave benefits are accessed.”]

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Parental Leave Section 17.7.A

A survey of UFF members prior to this negotiation revealed interest in a paid parental leave option. FGCU does offer unpaid parental leave and the ability to draw on other paid benefits concurrently. Understanding that four other SUS institutions provide a fully paid benefit, and that FGCU tends to attract younger faculty willing to overlook our non-tenure status, led us to believe paid parental leave would be an attractive benefit and good subject for bargaining. 

Before beginning a full interest-based negotiation process for this concern (which is really more suited for a full-book session than the current re-opener), it seems necessary for the Bargaining Team to draw more information from human resources, the faculty, and perhaps other SUS institutions. To start, UFF will soon survey its membership specifically on parental leave to more clearly articulate the demand for this specific benefit. Answers to the following questions will be sought:

Results will be shared with our membership and the management team prior to full-book negotiations this upcoming year, along with our analysis of other schools’ policies. At that point, the Bargaining Team will determine whether to engage the matter properly at the table.

Management stands advised of our intentions, and UFF moved to close negotiations on Article 17 until its automatic re-opening this upcoming year.