2019-21 IFO/MinnState 
Tentative Contract Settlement

The IFO Negotiations Team is excited to announce that after several months of intense negotiations we have reached a tentative settlement for the 2019-2021 IFO/MinnState contract. A detailed description of the language and economic changes will be available shortly. Until the new contract is approved, the 2017-2019 contract remains in effect.

In the meantime:

Summary of Economic Changes

FY20 (Academic Year 2019-2020)

  • 1.9 % Salary Schedule Enhancement for faculty in tenured, probationary, fixed term (and non-tenure track) appointments. Retroactive to the beginning of Fall Semester 2019.

  • 2.0 % increase (to $1,514 per credit) for faculty in adjunct / community faculty appointments. Retroactive to the beginning of Fall Semester 2019, adjunct and community faculty compensation shall not be less than $1,514 per credit.

  • Professional Improvement Funds continue at FY 2019 levels (including Article 19 Section A funds and Article 10, Section J, Subd 4 funds for Community Faculty).

  • Article 19, Section B, Professional Study and Travel Funds, continue at current level of $1,450 per each full-time equivalent faculty member.

  • Changes in Health Insurance Benefits effective January 1, 2020. 

FY21 (Academic Year 2020-2021)

  • 2.0% Salary Schedule Enhancement for faculty in tenured, probationary, fixed term (and non-tenure track) appointments.

  • 3.5 % increase (to $1,567 per credit) for faculty in adjunct / community faculty appointments.

  • Professional Improvement Funds for Community Faculty increase from $32,500 to $57,800 (Article 10, Section J, Subd 4 b).

  • Community Faculty will be eligible to receive funds any time in the fiscal year in which they have an assignment of more than three credits or more than one course in an academic year.

  • Professional Improvement Funds for Adjunct Faculty increase from $59,500 to $70,000 (Article 19, Section A, Subd. 4).

  • Adjunct Faculty will be eligible to receive funds any time in the fiscal year in which they have an assignment of more than three credits or more than one course in an academic year.

  • Article 19, Section B, Professional Study and Travel Funds, continue at FY2020 level of $1,450 per each full-time equivalent faculty member.

  • Reimbursement rates for meals and lodging expenses incurred for Professional Study and Travel (19B funds) will be reimbursed at higher rates set by the US General Services Administration (GSA) for travel within the US and by the Department of Defense for travel outside the US.

  • Professional Improvement Funds for faculty in tenured, probationary, fixed term (and non-tenure track) appointments increase from $520,000 to $600,000 (Article 19, Section A, Subd. 3).

  • Compensation for Assessment of Prior Learning increases (from $35 per credit) to a minimum of $50 per credit (Article 10, Section A, Subd. 5 and Section J, Subd. 3).

  • Salary equity adjustments recommended by the joint IFO and MinnState Salary Review Committee based on the results of the 2016 salary study (estimated at $923,000) to be implemented.

Summary of language changes

Contract Language in Support of Marginalized Faculty

·      Gender neutral language throughout the contract.

·      Provides funding for salary equity adjustments recommended by the joint IFO and MinnState Salary Review Committee based on the results of the 2016 salary study, estimated at $923,000.

·      Stopped management proposal to eliminate the joint Salary Review Committee (SRC), future salary studies and the SRC’s annual review of salaries of new hires, promoted faculty and faculty awarded terminal degrees.

·      Definition of domestic partner is expanded to include all gender relationships, with the elimination of the “same sex” relationship limitation in the definition of domestic partner in Appendix D.

·      Definition of “immediate family” is expanded to include domestic partners of faculty, for purposes of sick and bereavement leave.

·      Tuition waiver benefits are expanded to include eligibility for domestic partners of faculty.

·      Domestic partners of faculty are included in the Article 17, Section A, Subd. 5 sick leave provision that allows faculty to take leave to arrange for care for parents of a spouse, to allow leave to arrange for care of the parents of a faculty member’s domestic partner.

·      Domestic partners of faculty are included in Article 11, Section F that provides for the payment of the balance of salary to a spouse or children in the case of the death of a faculty member before they are eligible for employer provided life insurance, so that payment of the balance of salary may be provided to domestic partners of faculty.

·      Provides for up to 5 additional days of bereavement leave where extended travel is required; and allows additional extensions of leave for other extenuating circumstances.

·      Beginning in FY21, there will be a single salary schedule for all ranks, Instructor through Professor.

 

Contract Language Supporting Coaches

·       When renewed, head coaches will receive a minimum athletic appointment of three years, with the option of renewal for two years permitted only once during a coach’s employment.

·       When head coaches are renewed, their nine-month base salary will not be reduced.

·       Kept out language to allow management to terminate coaches on longer fixed term appointments before the conclusion of their appointment.

·       Kept out language that would allow a university to ignore the professional development evaluation process provided in Article 22 and unilaterally create their own evaluation process for coaches.

·       Stopped management’s proposal to eliminate the current requirement that coaches’ evaluations include consideration of total allocated funding relative to conference competitors.

 

Contract Language Relative to Faculty in the Library, Counseling Centers, and Student Teacher and Intern Supervision, and Laboratory School Teaching and Supervision

 

·      Revised language in Article 10, Section B describing the workload of faculty in the Library, Counseling Centers, student teacher supervision, full-time intern supervision, and laboratory school teaching and supervision, to more accurately reflect and describe faculty assignments in these areas; revisions include elimination of references to “non-teaching” faculty.

 

·      Kept out MinnState’s proposal to increase management control on workload, including language that would have required faculty to work 35 hours per week in their primary assignment as determined by management.

 

Contract Language Regarding Faculty in Contingent Appointments

·      Professional Improvement Funds available to Community Faculty will be increased in FY21 (from $32,500 to $57,800) and Community Faculty will be eligible to receive funds any time in the fiscal year in which they have an assignment of more than three credits or more than one course in an academic year.

·      Professional Improvement Funds available to Faculty in Adjunct appointments will be increased in FY21 (from $59,500 to $70,000), and Adjunct Faculty will be eligible to receive funds any time in the fiscal year in which they have an assignment of more than three credits or more than one course in an academic year.

·      Where orientation is provided, faculty in Adjunct and Community Faculty appointments may be compensated (through payment of a stipend) to attend, with the amount of the stipend to be determined after meeting and conferring with the local association.

·      Faculty in Adjunct and Community Faculty appointments who have taught 10 semesters (not including summer session) will be assigned the rank of Senior Adjunct Faculty and Senior Community Faculty.

·      Kept out management’s proposal to require faculty in adjunct and community faculty appointments to hold office hours, with no additional compensation, and with no plan to provide office space.

 

·      Kept out the MinnState’s proposal to eliminate prior consideration for faculty in fixed term appointments.

·      Kept out MinnState’s proposals to allow faculty to be assigned fixed term and adjunct appointments with high credit loads with no additional compensation, including high credit loads for adjunct faculty without placement on the salary schedule, eliminating health insurance benefits for adjunct and community faculty teaching 12 credits, and high credit loads for fixed term faculty without overload pay.

 

General Contract Language Changes Reflecting Many Delegate Assembly Resolutions and other Improvements in Working Conditions

·       Faculty will be compensated for servicing students during a teach-out for program suspensions or closures.

·       Full year sabbatical leave may be taken starting in spring semester and continuing through the following fall semester.

·       Beginning in FY21, reimbursement rates for meals and lodging expenses incurred for Professional Study and Travel (Article 19 B) will be reimbursed at higher rates set by the US General Services Administration (GSA) for travel within the US and by the Department of Defense for travel outside the US. Article 19B Professional Study and Travel Funds continued in FY20 and FY21 at the current level of $1,450 per each full-time equivalent faculty member,

·       Probationary periods will automatically be extended by one year for the birth or adoption of a child and for service as a chairperson for two years during a faculty member’s probation, with the option for a faculty member to decline the extension.

·       The first partial year of service for probationary faculty who begin employment midway through an academic year will no longer count towards the five-year probationary period, giving the probationary faculty member five full years to achieve tenure.

·       Language articulating the PDP and PDR process makes it clear that Dean’s comments go back to the faculty member and not to chairpersons, and comments are kept in a faculty member’s personnel file.

·       Stopped management’s proposal to eliminate the duty day and provide for faculty appointments of “approximately nine calendar months.”