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

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

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

Highlights from the Fall Chapter Meeting

Thank you for everyone who attended our Fall 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: Final push to GOTV for the General Election. Remind your family, friends and students! The AFTVotes bus tour will be visiting Miami on Sunday, November 1st (see the flier here for details on the event) “Big book” bargaining is ongoing… 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

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