Legislative Alert: HB 6001- Guns on Campus

UFF-FIU Legislative Affairs Committee Legislative Alert On Monday, November 30, State Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) prefiled HB 6001 for consideration by the State Legislature during the 2021 legislative session, which begins in March. HB 6001 would remove an existing legal provision that prohibits concealed carry licensees from openly carrying a handgun or carrying a concealed weapon or firearm onto a college or university facility in the state. The bill, filed during the previous two legislative… Continue reading

UFF-FIU Faculty Survey

On December 2nd you will receive an invitation to complete the UFF-FIU Faculty Survey. This survey will come from Ethan Kolek, union data consultant and UFF-FIU member in Educational Policy Studies, via Qualtrics. The survey will help us have a better understanding of your experiences at FIU and your priorities as we continue to negotiate a new contract. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and is optimized to be completed on a desktop… Continue reading

Sign the Petition to Support UFF-St. Leo

Full-time faculty at Saint Leo University have been unionized for over forty years and, with a single vote and without any notice, the Board of Trustees unilaterally erased their contractual guarantees on Friday, October 23rd. To have made this momentous decision with no faculty consultation in the middle of a pandemic makes it clear the administration has failed to meet their own call to “cultivate servant leadership that respects and upholds the dignity of faculty,… Continue reading

Highlights from the Fall Chapter Meeting

Thank you for everyone who attended our Fall Chapter Meeting via Zoom and made their voice heard as members of the union! If you could not attend, you can find the meeting minutes here. Highlights: Final push to GOTV for the General Election. Remind your family, friends and students! The AFTVotes bus tour will be visiting Miami on Sunday, November 1st (see the flier here for details on the event) “Big book” bargaining is ongoing… Continue reading

Fall Chapter Meeting Agenda

The Fall 2020 Chapter Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, October 30th from 10 am – 12 pm via Zoom. In-unit faculty have received a Zoom link to their FIU emails. If you did not receive the email, or if you are not faculty but would like to attend the meeting, please contact us. A reminder that only UFF-FIU dues-paying members can vote at Chapter Meetings. If you would like to join UFF-FIU, you… Continue reading

Spring MOU Ratification notice (Update with results)

UFF-FIU is holding an online ratification vote on the Spring MOU from Monday, November 9th to Wednesday, November 11th. 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. If you have any questions regarding the MOU or bargaining process, please feel free to reach out… Continue reading

Virtual Conference on Collective Bargaining in Higher Ed

Registration has re-opened for the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions’ 47th annual conference on October 19-20, 2020. This will be an all-virtual conference with the theme of Inequality, Collective Bargaining, and Higher Education.  The panel topics and speakers are listed below.  Prior registrations will be fully honored.  If you have not yet registered, you can register for the conference here. Keynote Speaker: Steven Greenhouse, former New York Times labor and workplace correspondent, and… Continue reading

StopTheDeSanity Statewide Campaign

#StopTheDeSanity As of October 9th, 213,000 American lives have been lost to Covid-19 and the numbers are projected to double by the end of the year. With no approved vaccine in sight, fully reopening campuses is irresponsible, dangerous, and puts our students, faculty, and communities at risk. While UFF-FIU has fought hard to protect faculty at our campuses with our MOUs, political pressure is pushing leadership at institutions throughout the state to force their faculty,… Continue reading

MOU Reminders: Pausing your tenure clock & vulnerability attestation

Pre-tenure faculty, we want to remind you that according to our ratified MOU, if you are in need of a pause in your tenure clock as a result of COVID-19, the deadline is October 16th. You will not be denied the pause in your tenure clock as a result of COVID-19. This October 16th deadline is to have the initial conversation with your Chair. A tenure pause is an acknowledgement by the University that COVID-19… Continue reading