End-of-semester Newsletter from the President

Dear Colleagues, I am afraid this email may be a little lengthy, as it has been a while, and a million things have changed, and it’s the end of the semester and more things are changing, and I’m not exactly sure how many actual functioning brain cells are left in my head. I do want to say Congratulations on making it through day 389 of March 2020! It has been a long semester, a long year, and I know… Continue reading

Highlights from the Spring Chapter Meeting

Thank you for everyone who attended our Spring 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: Legislative Affairs (Chair, Jim Burns) The 2021 Florida Legislative Session is well underway and anti-union bills are moving through committees and to the floor at a fast pace. We need all of the membership active in contacting their state Senators and… Continue reading

UFF-FIU Survey Results

Full Report (PDF) Executive Summary Florida International University Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF-FIU) aims to bring faculty and professional employees of the University into a relationship of mutual assistance and cooperation in order to obtain for them the rights and privileges to which they are entitled. UFF-FIU promotes the democratization of the University so it will better serve the people of the State of Florida. UFF-FIU strives to achieve and safeguard academic… 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

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

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 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

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

2020 CBA Amendments Ratification Vote

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 1st. Please review the summary of changes: Summary of 2020 Tentative BOT-UFF Agreement. The Bargaining Team is still discussing the best tool for voting to ensure the ratification process is easily accessible and secure. Please look for an email next week with more detailed voting instructions! Continue reading