Laid-Off Tenured FSU Faculty Reinstated

Tenured faculty that were due to be laid off because of budget cuts filed a grievance heard by an arbitrator.

The affected faculty members were not scheduled to lose their jobs until the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

The arbitrator in the case is now ordering the University to rescind the layoffs and permit the faculty members to continue in their positions as if no layoff occurred- saying FSU violated its contract with United Faculty of Florida.

"As a remedy for the violations found to have occurred under issues 2 and 3, the University is directed to rescind the layoffs of all tenured greivants and permit them to continue in their positions as if no layoff occurred.”

Attached is a copy of the arbitration award in the FSU Layoff Arbitration case.


“Florida State University has experienced enormous financial stress over the past three years with the loss of $85 million in state appropriations. There are no good outcomes when a university budget is cut by 25 percent. Florida State University believes strongly that it did the very best to protect program quality while being forced to balance its budget. We have always recognized that these decisions were difficult, especially for those directly affected.

“This afternoon, an arbitrator concluded that our definition of a university ‘program’ was not sufficient to define a ‘layoff unit.’ This ruling requires Florida State University to rescind layoff notices for 12 tenured faculty members.

“Although not required by the ruling, the university believes strongly that we should treat all tenured faculty uniformly. Consequently, Florida State University will rescind the layoff notices for all affected tenured faculty members.”

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  • by Embrassed Student on Apr 10, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    When are they going to fire Dean Travis. If the new President allows him to stay, the President will lose credibility and his leadership will be put into question by students, faculty and alumni.
  • by Defendingmy rights on Jan 12, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    Just found this. Do you know that Dean Travis dissolved the most state of the arts graduate program in Arts and Sciences? Why don't they fire this fellow?
  • by DirtyRottenLiars Location: Tallahassee on Nov 6, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    Real story missing here! Where is outrage for company that uses subjective criteria (too hairy, wrong color eyes, funny accent) carefully hidden under rules, numbers and subterfuge to fire employees? FSU is like Enron; warped leadership for personal gain. Without sunshine laws and the union – no one would never know this: (p. 77) “based on the foregoing, it is evident that Dean Travis used the discretion afforded him by Article 13 to manipulate the layoff units to allow him to arbitrarily select who got laid off, based on his personal judgments and relationships, and not the criteria set out in Article 13.2 (e). That constitutes an abuse of discretion and must therefore be disallowed.” Read the doc start, on p. 45 – perfidy galore! The real story is - why do we allow this kind of leadership in public institutions? Because unwatched, leadership sinks to the lowest common denominator (personal greed). THAT’s why our country is in trouble – and it has nothing to do with being blue or red!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    FSU has to layoff, but FAMU doesn't?
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 04:14 AM
    If you can start Florida on the road to economic recovery, you will see a big change is the national economic recovery, because Florida is one of the top 5 states with highest unemployment. A decrease in our unemployment number makes a big impact on the national unemployment number.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2010 at 04:13 AM
    I think you should make BP responsible for the payment of Florida’s unemployment claims and it is not to punish them as much as it is to get the problem fixed quickly. BP, if held financially responsible, can and will fix this problem faster then the government can. They are a multi million Dollar Company who employs some of the brightest financial minds in the world. Let’s use that resource. They are extremely financially efficient. The government is not. BP also has a tarnish image that they are trying desperately to repair. What better way for them to do that, then to help repair Florida high unemployment rate. If they can pull this off they will come out as National heroes and Florida will start economic recovery. That is a win/win situation. We need people working on this problem that have good financial minds. BP has some of the smartest financial minds in the world.
  • by William Location: Tallahassee on Nov 5, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Enjoy it while you can. Our new governor is lurking just around the corner!! With him and his legislative super-majority it ain't gonna be pretty!
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