Legislative Update #4

April 1, 2019 House and Senate Appropriations Bills Update Senate and House Appropriations Committees have passed out their respective budgets, inclusive of higher education budget proposals for 2019-20. Which is best? The Senate. Which is adequate? Neither. Please send your representative and senator the message that higher education budgets are not adequate. Tell representatives not to punish faculty for administrative misconduct. You might want to thank senators for a good starting point, but their funding… Continue reading

Legislative Update #3

March 21, 2019 House and Senate Higher Education Chair Budget Proposals This week Senate Education Appropriations Chair Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) and House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Randy Fine (R-Palm Bay) released the first salvo of budget proposals this week. Highlights gleaned from these proposals are as follows. Florida College System The 2019-20 House budget proposal for colleges is basically flat with no real increase in funding and continues the performance funding of $60 million,… Continue reading

New Officers – 2019

New Executive Committee March 5, 2019 At the March 5 chapter meeting, we elected new officers. The term for the new officers and executive committee begins on April 1, 2019. We welcome the following folks to the executive committee as representatives of UFF. New Officers Dan Saunders President Kelley Rowan Vice President, MMC Eric Dwyer Treasurer Tania Santiago-Pérez Secretary New Senators We welcome the following people newly elected to the committee. Jacob Berglin Heather Blatt… Continue reading

Legislative Update #2

Legislative Update #2 March 13, 2019 An Abbreviated Report Due to the NEA Higher Education Conference later this week and a light committee agenda, this will be a brief report on today’s action on CS/HB 839 and more specifically the “objective, nonpartisan, and statistically valid survey that enables comparisons among universities on the intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity at each institution.” The UFF Senate Position As you may recall, the UFF Senate voted unanimously for… Continue reading

Legislative Update #1

Legislative Update #1 March 8, 2019 Legislative Session Begins – Fund Our Future On March 4th, the day before session began, FEA and UFF members were involved in many events statewide to support the FEA campaign #FundOurFutureFL. One example was members from the Leon Classroom TeachersAssociation and all five Tallahassee UFF chapters rallying and waving signs in front of the Old Capitol building. They were joined by FEA President Fed Ingram, FEA VP Andrew Spar,… Continue reading

Holiday Party

Holiday Party We’d like to remind everyone about the holiday part on Friday. It’s at the Faculty Club in the Graham Center. There’s no cost. Everyone is invited: union members, non-members, administration, staff, friends. There will be a pasta station, open bar, and piano music from Nuria Camino. Please feel invited!!! Day: Friday, November 30 Location: Graham Center Faculty Club Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Continue reading

Summary of Contract Changes for 2018-21

Proposed Language Changes Proposed changes to the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement are listed below in color—either as additions or deletions. Page numbers are to the 2015-2018 CBA , and given new additions/deletions, they may change in the future. ARTICLE 11 SALARIES   2015-2018 CBA, p. 27 (a) 2015-2016 2018-2019 Salary Retention Increase. Effective on January 16, 2016 upon the faculty contract date for academic year 2018-2019, all eligible employees who were employed prior to July 1, 2015… Continue reading

Action Against Decertification

  Take Action Against Decertification Bill The House Government Accountability Committee will hear HB 25 on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at 10:30 am. This bill—sponsored by Representative Scott Plakon—, if passed, would add an additional requirement to an employee union’s annual renewal with the Public Employees Relations Commission. That requirement is that each certified bargaining unit of a registered employee organization (UFF) must provide the number of eligible employees for union membership and the number… Continue reading

Decertification Talking Points

  What Can You Do? Identify Talking Points This bill (H.B. 25) comes as no surprise as we have seen efforts like this before in Florida – and numerous nationwide attempts — to take away workers’ rights. This politically motivated legislation is a solution looking for a problem that doesn’t exist in Florida. We are a union of members who choose to participate – no one can be forced to join our union. Florida is… Continue reading