USF, union agree on faculty raises

Published April 17, 2007

TAMPA - The University of South Florida and its faculty union have agreed on a 4.5 percent salary increase for the 2006-07 school year that will provide retroactive pay from October for faculty members and professional employees.

USF officials and the university's chapter of the United Faculty of Florida have wrangled over contract terms since the beginning of the school year. They announced agreement Monday on several areas, including merit raises.

Last month, USF trustees approved a 6.5 percent base salary increase for president Judy Genshaft. If she receives all the incentives available to her in a new contract, Genshaft could get a 32 percent increase in her total compensation, taking her total annual pay with perks from its current $486,251 to around $643,000.


Victim of portico collapse identified

PINELLAS PARK - Auhorities have identified the victim of a ceiling collapse at a Pinellas Park retirement home Friday.

Police said Edna Forsberg, 90, was crushed by falling debris when the stucco ceiling of a two-story portico collapsed at Summerville Retirement Center.

Forsberg, who had been sitting under the portico, was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where she died of her injuries. Three other residents were injured by falling debris.

A maintenance worker suffered minor injuries when he tried to free Forsberg from the rubble.

Police ruled Forsberg's death accidental.

Lori Silinskie, Summerville's regional director of operations, said an investigation was ongoing to determine the cause of the collapse.


BOY TO GET CHEMO: Natasha Esteras, who was ordered by the court to take her 10-year-old son for chemotherapy treatment, says she will comply with the ruling at noon today. Although the Pasco County woman will take Daniel Gomez, 10, to All Children's Hospital today, she vowed Monday to keep looking for a lawyer who will help her fight the judge's order. On April 11, Circuit Judge Linda Babb ordered Esteras to take Daniel for chemotherapy and radiation to keep cancer from returning.

DRAINAGE PROJECT BEGINS: A $2.17-million drainage project is under way in downtown New Port Richey, and residents and businesses can expect to see construction work for another six months. The project includes a new stormwater collection system along Missouri and Nebraska avenues as well as a new stormwater main and treatment unit along Adams Street.