MOU on Spring Faculty Work

We are happy to announce that we have a signed MOU for the Spring 2021 semester. One major change from the previous MOUs is a change in language from a “self-identified COVID-19 related health concern” to a self-identified COVID-19 health vulnerability.” This was changed to be consistent with language used in the BOT-approved campus repopulation plan. We are confident that faculty will maintain the same level of protection that we all shared under the previous… Continue reading

MOU Ratification Notice (UPDATE with results)

  9/3/20 UPDATE: Faculty have voted to ratify the MOU with an official tally of 286 YES to 1 NO UFF-FIU is holding an online ratification vote on the MOU from Tuesday, September 1st to Thursday, September 3rd. When voting opens, detailed instructions and an access link will be sent to faculty’s FIU email via Election Buddy, a secure third-party election service. All in-unit faculty, regardless of UFF-FIU membership, are eligible to vote YES or NO to ratify the MOU.… Continue reading

MOU Ratification Meetings

As shared on July 6th, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the administration concerning the impact of COVID-19 on Fall faculty work. Both parties will move forward with scheduling ratification votes. Prior to the ratification, all in-unit faculty are invited to attend our virtual ratification meetings, on Wednesday, August 5th from 11am-1pm and Wednesday, August 12th from 1pm-3pm via Zoom. Details have been sent to faculty’s FIU emails, but contact us ASAP if you did… Continue reading

Statement in Support of Lawsuit to Protect K-12 Teachers, Students, and Communities

Yesterday, the Florida Education Association (FEA) along with Florida educators and parents sued Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, State Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education, The Florida State Board of Education, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to halt the reopening of public K-12 schools amidst a surge in COVID cases in the state. UFF-FIU has been working diligently since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic to ensure that no FIU faculty… Continue reading

MOU on Fall Faculty Work

We are very pleased to share our newly signed Memorandum of Understanding with the FIU administration concerning Fall faculty work. Moving forward, we are going to schedule a ratification vote for shortly after 9-month faculty are back on contracts and will be sending more information about that process in the coming weeks. We will also be scheduling a Q&A meeting about the agreement in the upcoming weeks. Click here to view the MOU in PDF form A… Continue reading

Statement from Leg Affairs Chair on Budget Vetoes

UFF-FIU Legislative Affairs Chair Jim Burns: On June 29th, Governor DeSantis signed the state budget for fiscal year 2020-2021. An announcement on the Governor’s Website noted that despite the challenges confronting Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the budget “ensures the state’s priorities are protected and funded.” An examination of the $1 billion in spending vetoed by Governor DeSantis, however, demonstrates whose interests he does not consider a priority. The veto list heavily targets K-12… Continue reading

2020-21 Budget & Veto Impacts to FIU & SUS

Link to the full list of vetoes by Governor DeSantis: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-Veto-List.pdf FIU-specific Budget items (from President Rosenberg’s letter): New Funding: $17 million in recurring operational support for student success and research excellence (supporting the FIU strategic plan) $8.2 million in PECO funding for New Engineering expansion on the corner of 8th Street and 107th Avenue on the MMC Campus $2 million for the Targeted STEM Initiative VETOED $1 million recurring for the new Adam Smith… Continue reading

TAKE ACTION: The HEROES Act

On May 15th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act to provide $3 trillion in relief for the impacts of COVID-19. This includes $1.56 billion for higher education. The bill is still currently stuck in the U.S. Senate! We urge all members to contact their Senators and request the Senate move forward with the HEROES Act. The American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and many of our UFF locals all have… Continue reading

UFF-FIU Chapter Council Committee Assignments

At the June 26th Chapter Council meeting, UFF-FIU Committee assignments were finalized. The following standing committees, as outlined in the UFF-FIU Chapter Bylaws, are as follows: Grievance  Eric Dwyer, Chair Lorna Veraldi Maria Reid Debra Davis Bargaining Daniel Saunders, Chair Pete Markowitz James Burns Charles (C.G.) Shields Deanne Butchey Paul Sharp Thomas Breslin Suchi Mishra Legislative Affairs  James Burns, Chair Marc Weinstein Jacob Berglin Good and Welfare Rebecca Christ, Chair Tania Santiago Perez Tiana Solis… Continue reading

Updates from June FIU-BOT Meeting

Important happenings from today’s FIU-BoT meeting: 1) The BoT voted to ratify the CBA amendments faculty ratified in spring. This means we officially have an updated contract! 2) The BoT also approved the Guidelines for Reopening plan put forth by the administration. The plan will now be presented to the BOG at the June 23rd meeting. The UFF-FIU bargaining team continues to bargain over the impacts of COVID-19 and reopening to faculty work. Our next… Continue reading