Alan Gummerson’s Remarks to FIU Board of Trustees, 22 November 2004 Good morning. The time you have granted me will go quickly, so let me cut to the chase. The faculty are angered and offended by the proposals your bargaining team placed on the table last week. These proposals constitute an extreme and radical attack on the kind of university this faculty has created over the last thirty years. The proposals are an attempt to… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, The following is a report from Prof. Lorna Veraldi, the union’s Chief Negotiator, on the administration’s collective bargaining proposal, and on the administration team’s performance at the bargaining table. A meeting to discuss this report and how to respond to the administration’s attacks on the faculty will be held Wednesday, November 17, 12:30 pm, in PC-214. Faculty who think we deserve better than what the administration is offering… Continue reading


Members of the UFF Collective Bargaining Unit, October has now come and gone with virtually no progress to report in UFF’s attempts to bargain a new contract with the FIU administration. Despite the fact that President Maidique told us “I hear you” during the “Bargain Now” sticker campaign at Faculty Convocation, there has been no discernable change in the behavior of his bargaining team. The administration’s approach is still to proceed at a leisurely pace,… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Bargaining Unit, There is little progress to report on bargaining because the administration doesn’t seem interested in bargaining. The Chief Negotiator for the administration was only willing to meet with UFF once during the entire month of September, and then only for two and a half hours. During that time, tentative agreement was reached on a few minor details concerning the grievance process (slight revisions in previous forms to reflect a… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, In my last report I explained the attack on tenure that was contained in the Board of Trustees’ bargaining team’s proposals on lay-off. I am pleased to report that due to the overwhelming negative reaction on the part of the faculty to those proposals, the most offensive parts of them have been withdrawn. They are still not acceptable. While lip-service is given to not laying off tenured faculty… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, On May 7, 2004, after months of delay by the FIU administration, the UFF bargaining team met with the bargaining team for the FIU Board of Trustees to begin work on our first local Collective Bargaining Agreement. UFF is glad finally to be at the table. But we are troubled by the pace and direction of local bargaining. During the transition from a state SUS system to local… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Bargaining Unit, The bargaining teams representing the United Faculty of Florida and the FIU Board of Trustees met for the second time on Friday, June 4, at the Kovens Center at the Biscayne Bay Campus. There is both good news and bad news to report. On the good news side, we were able to agree on dates for four upcoming bargaining sessions between now and mid-July: June 28, June 30, July… Continue reading


Members of the Faculty Collective Bargaining Unit, In my last report I was able to report both good and bad news. This time, I’m afraid I can’t be so positive. (Previous bargaining reports are archived at http://www.uff-fiu.org/nindex.php/uff.bargaining.html.) The good news then was that after dragging their feet all spring, the negotiating team representing the Board of Trustees had finally scheduled four eight-hour bargaining sessions between June 28 and July 16. We hoped that serious progress… Continue reading