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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.

STATEMENT BY FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT ERIC J. BARRON RE: ARBITRATION RULING

“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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