United Faculty of Florida - Hillsborough Community College

Bargaining News

Bargaining Update (3/29/16)

During the FUSA bargaining session on Thursday, March 24, 2016, the administration presented the FUSA team with a list of articles that the administration wants to address. FUSA presented a draft of minor changes for Article 5, Union Rights.

The team is working on a three-year contract and will provide monthly updates. I have attached the bargaining schedule so that you can make plans to attend any or all of the sessions that you can fit into your schedule.

Contract Negotiations

The College and FUSA will meet for contract negotiations on the following date at Ybor City Campus, 1320 E. Palm Avenue, Student Services Building, YSSB - Room 309, Tampa, Florida 33605: Friday, March 4, 2016, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bargaining Summary - Nov 2015 (pdf) - contract ratified 1/7/2016

Bargaining Update (10/27/15)

The FUSA bargaining team met with administration yesterday, October 27, 2015.

The team proposed an across the board salary increase of $2,190.00 for all faculty. FUSA provided a rational for the proposal and the approximate cost of implementation. The administration rejected the proposal and offered an oral counter proposal of a one-time payment of $1,000. FUSA rejected the counter proposal. The administration agreed to bring a different counter proposal to the next bargaining session.

FUSA proposed several suggestions for lowering textbook costs and examples of courses using common textbooks. FUSA proposed that the faculty, administration, and institutional research conduct a study to assess textbook costs, where students buy textbooks, and digital textbook use across the college. The administration and FUSA agreed to this proposal.

Please join us at the next bargaining session on Tuesday November 3, 2015, 2:30-4:30 p.m., in YSSB 309. See the attached flier.

Maribeth L. Mobley

Bargaining Update (10/5/15)

Dear Faculty,

The FUSA Bargaining Team met with several council members Monday, October 05, 2015 to discuss the Administrative response to the Duration and Economics proposals.

 The council and a faculty members rejected the Economics counter-proposal discussed on Thursday. The FUSA Bargaining Team will be working with the Council and faculty to present a resolution and alternative proposal.

FUSA has requested to meet with the Administration team for a bargaining session on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. However, the date has not been confirmed.

The Faculty Survey results are now available at the FUSA website (http://www.fusahcc.org/). The final tally is 236 respondents. The response rate represents approximately 72% of the faculty.

Thank you,
Rick Gaspar
FUSA Chief Negotiator

Bargaining Update (8/3/15)


On February 27, the FUSA council and FUSA bargaining team presented the administration with a complete economics proposal. In addition, we had a meeting with Dr. Atwater and another one with one of the board members to further discuss our concerns.

On June 17, the FUSA bargaining team again met with the administration and no counter proposal or response to our economics proposal was brought to the table. Instead, the administration proposed the following contractual additions/modifications:

They requested the inclusion of language to address non-tenure contracts (which FUSA tabled). They requested universal (college-wide) textbook usage (which FUSA rejected). They presented a counter-proposal to a FUSA requested modification to the II+ language to allow faculty to use graduate hours beyond the Master's toward a promotion in rank (which FUSA agreed to) and several additional minor language modifications.

It is apparent that Dr. Atwater does not consider faculty salaries to be a priority or " a part of doing business" as he puts it. He continues to insist that salary increases be tied to enrollment and state-awarded budget increases. In short, HCC faculty enters another academic year with no salary increase.

FUSA and the administration have agreed to meet again in early September.


Maribeth L. Mobley
FUSA President