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

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

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

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

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