Representation for Part-Time Faculty & Part-Time Instructors
After multiple years of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Florida Public Services Union (FPSU) engaging our part-time faculty and part-time instructors, and by a narrow margin of fewer than 40 votes, on July 2, 2021, Florida’s Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) formally certified SEIU as the exclusive bargaining representative for eligible part-time faculty and part-time instructors.
Since the formal creation of the bargaining unit, Valencia has actively engaged with SEIU in the collective bargaining process in accordance with the rules set by law and our guiding principles, including collaboration and transparency. The College approaches negotiation as a collaborative and educational exercise and keeps in mind the interests of our entire College community – including those College stakeholders who are not part of the bargaining unit – while progressing toward a final agreement.
During this ongoing process, representatives of College leadership and faculty have an opportunity to hear the unique concerns of part-time faculty and part-time instructors as they perform their work. Likewise, SEIU and members of its negotiation team have an opportunity to become better informed about Valencia’s decision-making, existing policies and practices, priorities, and resources.
Status of Bargaining Talks
To date, progress in bargaining has been minimal despite our efforts to encourage the union to provide a comprehensive set of proposals to the College with sufficient time for careful review and response. On June 7, 2022, the College received SEIU’s most recent proposed draft bargaining agreement and is working with SEIU to schedule the next collective bargaining session.
Proposals submitted by the union have included the following requests:
· While other faculty and staff are receiving a 4% increase in salary, the union is demanding a 19.75% raise for union members.
· The union’s first proposal suggested the adoption of an intellectual property ownership provision that is considerably less generous to union members than the College’s current policy regarding such ownership.
This has naturally caused negotiations to become more protracted and delayed. We remain hopeful and committed that through deliberate dialogue, and by our continued requests for comprehensive proposals to be provided with reasonable time for review, we can have substantive conversations, make progress in this process, and ultimately reach our shared goal of outcomes that serve the interests of our entire College community.
To ensure you remain well informed as to the status of these ongoing negotiations, we will periodically update this website with information about progress in the bargaining process.
Valencia and SEIU-FPSU Election and Bargaining Chronology of Events
May 19, 2021 -June 16, 2021
Florida’s Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) designates May 19, 2021 through 10:00 a.m. June 16, 2021 as the time for the election by mail to determine whether SEIU-FPSU will be the exclusive bargaining representative for eligible part-time faculty and part-time instructors.
Eligible part-time faculty and part-time instructors receive ballots directly from PERC and participate in the election process by mailing their completed ballots directly to PERC.
|July 2, 2021||By a narrow margin of fewer than 40 votes, PERC certifies the election results and by SEIU-FPSU representatives contact Valencia to initiate collective bargaining.|
|July 29, 2021
||After several extensions requested by SEIU-FPSU, PERC holds an evidentiary hearing regarding Valencia’s August 27, 2020 filing of an unfair labor practice charge against SEIU-FPSU.|
|October 29, 2021
||PERC’s Hearing Officer issues recommended order concluding that SEIU-FPSU violated the law and committed an unfair labor practice during the election and campaigning process.|
July 2021 -November 2021
|In anticipation of bargaining, both Valencia and SEIU-FPSU work to coordinate and communicate appointments of bargaining team representatives. Additionally, Valencia and SEIU-FPSU coordinate scheduling of bargaining meetings and work to establish procedures for how bargaining will occur.|
|November 19, 2021
Valencia College’s and SEIU-FPSU’s bargaining teams meet for the first time. The parties agree to work together and conduct the bargaining process in a respectful and timely manner to come to an agreement as soon as possible.
At the beginning of the session, SEIU-FPSU distributes hard copies of their proposed draft Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) language to the Valencia team, and provides explanation to proposed articles, as needed. Many segments of the draft proposal are not included or shown as ‘To Be Determined.’
||On January 13, 2022, SEIU-FPSU cancels the scheduled January 14, 2022 bargaining session.|
|February 4, 2022
In advance of the scheduled session date, Valencia’s bargaining team provides SEIU-FPSU’s bargaining team with updated CBA language.
During the meeting, SEIU-FPSU provides counter proposals to Valencia’s proposed CBA language and introduces new proposed CBA language not previously seen independent of Valencia’s proposals.
Based on the volume of new information from SEIU-FPSU, Valencia requests additional time to review SEIU-FPSU’s counter proposals. Valencia also requests that SEIU-FPSU provide Valencia with CBA language in advance of the next meeting so that both parties can reasonably prepare to discuss the proposed terms, productively move the bargaining process forward, and come to an agreement as soon as possible.
|March 3, 2022
SEIU-FPSU provides Valencia’s bargaining team with new proposed CBA language late in the afternoon on February 25, 2022, approximately three business days prior to the scheduled session.
In consideration of receipt of the new information from SEIU-FPSU, Valencia’s bargaining team spends session time reviewing and discussing the new proposed language. The teams meet and have an engaged discussion, but the meeting adjourns with many substantive matters still unresolved.
|March 18, 2022
Valencia provides SEIU-FPSU with counter proposals with time for the union to review prior to the scheduled session.
During the session, Valencia’s bargaining team, as requested by SEIU-FPSU, provides detailed explanations for proposed changes. SEIU-FPSU also distributes new counter proposals to a few articles from the draft CBA agreement. Valencia’s bargaining team caucuses to review new proposals.
To promote productive sessions moving forward, Valencia requests that union proposals be provided to the College reasonably in advance of scheduled meetings to allow sufficient time to review the new proposals. Valencia also requests that no further sessions be scheduled until SEIU-FPSU provides the College full proposals within a reasonable timeframe to allow for substantive review prior to the session.
|March 21, 2022
Florida’s Public Employees Relations Commission issues a final ruling finding SEIU-FPSU violated section 447/501(2)(a) F.S. (unfair labor practices) during the election and campaigning process. PERC orders that SEIU-FPSU must inform its unit members of its violation of the law.
April 2022 - June 6, 2022
SEIU-FPSU does not provide Valencia with any updated information or proposals, and no new sessions have been requested/scheduled.
|June 7, 2022
SEIU-FPSU provides comprehensive proposed draft collective bargaining agreement to Valencia for review in advance of a future meeting, date TBD.
|August 19, 2022||
Valencia provides SEIU-FPSU with counter proposals in advance of the next session.
During the session, Valencia’s bargaining team, as requested by SEIU-FPSU, reviews the counter proposals and highlights areas where a tentative agreement has been reached.
As Valencia and SEIU-FPSU work toward a collectively bargained agreement, SEIU-FPSU agrees to send updated proposals in advance of the next scheduled bargaining session.
|October 14, 2022||
Valencia distributed draft Tentative Agreements (TA) on certain Articles as discussed by Valencia and the union in prior meetings, and tentatively agreed upon during this most recent meeting. The TAs were reached on the Agreement’s Preamble, and nine Articles which cover mainly routine, non-economic matters such as Recognition, Consultation, General Provisions, No Strike, Union Rights, Management Rights, Waiver, Severability, and Duration. The TAs were affirmed and executed by both bargaining teams at the meeting.
Valencia indicated it would be prepared to provide a comprehensive CBA proposal prior to the next meeting, including economic provisions.