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

Important Dates for Evaluations & Assignments

From UFF-FIU Grievance Chair Eric Dwyer Assignments and evaluations: Be vigilant, even though it’s summer! While a good number of faculty do not have summer assignments, you still have summer obligations, namely to your annual evaluation and to your next assignment. Evaluation For those of you on 9-month contracts, your evaluation is due no later than June 25. According to the CBA, page 63, you have an opportunity to respond to the evaluation within 30… Continue reading

Spring MOU on Teaching/Research Evals, Tenure & Promotion, and Remote Teaching

As we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 and act to minimize its disruption to our students and our own work, it is important that faculty rights established in the Collective Bargaining Agreement are not overlooked. With this in mind, the UFF-FIU bargaining team and the FIU Administration bargaining team have agreed to a second Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This MOU restates our previous agreement on instructional assignment, evaluations, and course ownership, and adds language on research evaluations and access to research spaces, as… Continue reading

CBA Ratification Meeting & Voting

Prior to the ratification, all in-unit faculty are invited to attend a virtual ratification meeting on Thursday, April 23rd from 11am-1pm via Zoom(link and password sent to faculty emails). At this meeting, representatives from the UFF-FIU Bargaining Team will be available to answer any questions about the bargaining process and the tentative agreement. Furthermore, under the remote-work order, UFF-FIU will proceed with an online ratification vote to be held the following week from Wednesday, April 29th to Friday, May… Continue reading

Summary of 2020 Tentative BOT-UFF Agreement

Based upon our bargaining sessions during Spring 2020, the FIU Administration and the United Faculty of Florida-FIU have reached a tentative agreement on the following re-openers of the 2018-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both parties will move forward with scheduling ratification votes of the following items. The articles and policies have been placed in the order they appear in the CBA, with the detailed language changes following the bullet-point summary. All additions are in blue while… Continue reading

Remote Work Agreement

On March 25th faculty received an email from Human Resources indicating that faculty must complete the Telework agreement. UFF-FIU believed that agreement did not accurately or reasonably reflect terms and conditions suitable for faculty during this temporary period of remote work, and we immediately began working with the Provost’s Office to create a more suitable policy that meets statutory requirements. Moving forward, we do want you to sign the agreement (you can access it through the… Continue reading