TAKE ACTION: SB 78

Thousands of United Faculty of Florida members from across the state have already taken action to stop SB 78, but we need everyone to make their voices heard before Thursday morning’s Senate Rules committee meeting! How to take action: 1) Go to the FEA website 2) Enter your street address 3) Click on the email button 4) Compose an email using the talking points listed 5) Click “send email” to email all the members of… Continue reading

Stand in Solidarity with UFF colleagues at St. Leo and Pensacola State

Members of UFF-FIU and and FIU community, we ask you to stand in solidarity and take action to support our colleagues at Saint Leo University and Pensacola State College: In October 2020, Saint Leo University’s Board of trustees unilaterally disbanded the union that had existed for forty years. Sign the petition against the actions to erase their contractual rights! Pensacola State College re-opened in January 2021 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and faculty have protested unsafe… Continue reading

2021-22 Chapter Elections: Call for Nominations

Elections for the following UFF-FIU positions will be held at the April 2nd UFF-FIU Chapter Meeting from 11am-1pm on Zoom. Full descriptions of positions can be found below as well as referenced in Article VI of the UFF-FIU By-Laws. Terms for all positions are for one year effective on the first day of the Summer academic term in the year 2021 (May 10, 2021) and run until the beginning of the subsequent summer academic term. President Vice President… Continue reading

Legislative Alert: SB 264 – Academic Freedom

What is SB 264: Higher Education? SB 264 would require Florida’s public colleges and universities to administer an “intellectual diversity” survey every year with results to be published by the State Board of Education. It also has a “companion bill” in the House, HB 233. Why are FEA and UFF opposed to SB 264? For the third straight year, the text of this bill has been introduced. SB 264 is another bill in search of a… 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

Legislative Alert: SB 78/HB 947 – Union Busting Bills

What is SB 78: Dues and Uniform Assessments? Currently, a faculty member who wants to join UFF submits a dues authorization form to UFF which is then sent to FIU HR for automatic processing. According to SB 78, once the employer (e.g. FIU HR) receives a signed dues authorization (i.e. membership form), the employer must “confirm with the employee, electronically or by other means, that he or she authorized the deduction of dues and uniform… Continue reading

UFF Statewide Elections: Call for Nominations

The statewide Chapter of United Faculty of Florida has opened nominations for officer and delegate positions to be elected in Spring 2021. You can view officer duties and responsibilities in the UFF Constitution & Bylaws. Nominated individual must be a dues-paying UFF member in good standing. Please email the UFF Elections Committee (UFF_Elections@FloridaEA.org) to nominate individuals for the following positions: UFF Statewide President UFF First Vice President FEA Governance Board Members (UFF has two slots)… Continue reading

Legislative Alert: HB 123 – Guns on Campus

Update: HB 6001 has been redesignated as HB 123 UFF-FIU Legislative Affairs Committee Legislative Alert On Monday, November 30, State Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) prefiled HB 123 for consideration by the State Legislature during the 2021 legislative session, which begins in March. HB 123 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… 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