StopTheDeSanity Statewide Campaign

#StopTheDeSanity As of October 9th, 213,000 American lives have been lost to Covid-19 and the numbers are projected to double by the end of the year. With no approved vaccine in sight, fully reopening campuses is irresponsible, dangerous, and puts our students, faculty, and communities at risk. While UFF-FIU has fought hard to protect faculty at our campuses with our MOUs, political pressure is pushing leadership at institutions throughout the state to force their faculty,… 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

Important Temporary Remote Work Message

NOTICE: The following message was crafted in response to the March 12th order from the Governor to move all instruction online. As of March 16th, FIU is further transitioning to remote work including the closing of libraries and other campus services. Please visit the FIU Coronavirus Reponse page for up-to-date information. UFF-FIU will continue to provide faculty with union updates as needed. Dear Faculty, Given the Governor’s decision to immediately transition to remote instruction until… Continue reading

Budget News

  Legislative Update House and Senate budget conferees met throughout the weekend after agreement was reached on allocations to the various budget entities. This Legislative Update was delayed to report on those activities as it relates to higher education. Unfortunately, some of the compromises made are potentially harmful to UFF members. Note: The final 2017 Legislative Update will probably be on May 8th should session end on time. Check the progress of the following: Details… Continue reading

Florida Legislature, Update 7

  Legislative Update – Session Update #7 May 1, 2017 Legislature Poised to End May 5th House and Senate budget conferees met throughout the weekend after agreement was reached on allocations to the various budget entities. This Legislative Update was delayed to report on those activities as it relates to higher education. Unfortunately, some of the compromises made are potentially harmful to UFF members. Note: The final 2017 Legislative Update will probably be on May… Continue reading

Florida Legislature, Update 5

  Legislative Update – Session Update #5 April 13, 2017 House and Senate Adopt 2017-18 Budget Proposals Both House and Senate passed their versions of the 2017-18 state budget this week. This paves the way for joint meetings of the House and Senate members appointed to the various conference committees to meet in the coming weeks with hopes of an agreement to be reached by May 2nd. This allows for the 72-hour waiting period where… Continue reading

Union Busting

  Union Busting Bill Today we saw the release of the first anti-union legislation to be filed for the 2017 legislative session (HB 11 Information) . This union busting bill comes as no surprise as we have seen efforts like this in Florida before – and numerous nationwide attempts to weaken unions. This is politically and ideologically motivated. If a senate companion is filed and the bills are passed by both chambers, HB 11 by… Continue reading

Florida Legislature, Update 2

  Legislative Update Pre-Session #2 February 24, 2017 Who Says Public Employee Unions Do Not Have Power? Representative Scott Plakon (R-Seminole) obviously thinks UFF and other public employee unions are not good for Florida as he has filed HB 11 which establishes a decertification process for those public sector unions having less than 50% membership. This union busting tactic is not new for Plakon as he filed a similar bill in 2011. That bill never… Continue reading