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Legislative Alert: HB 6001- Guns on Campus

UFF-FIU Legislative Affairs Committee
Legislative Alert
On Monday, November 30, State Representative Anthony Sabatini (R) prefiled HB 6001 for consideration by the State Legislature during the 2021 legislative session, which begins in March.
HB 6001 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 state. The bill, filed during the previous two legislative sessions, has drawn considerable opposition from higher education leaders in Florida and failed to pass both the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.
UFF-FIU urges that you contact your state legislators to register your opposition to HB 6001, a piece of legislation that will make our university more dangerous. The UFF-FIU Legislative Affairs Committee is tracking HB 6001, and will continue to report on it.

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 or laptop computer. All responses will be kept confidential and results will only be reported in the aggregate.

If you have questions about the survey project, please contact Dan Saunders, UFF-FIU Chief Negotiator, at daniel.saunders@uff-fiu.org. If you experience technical difficulties with the survey, please contact Ethan Kolek at ekolek@fiu.edu.

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, staff and all members of the university,” or to “advocate for social justice, guided by Catholic social teaching.”

In the words of Pope Francis, “There is no good society without a good union, and there is no good union that isn’t reborn every day in the peripheries, that doesn’t transform the rejected stones of the economy into corner stones.”

Please sign the petition in support of our UFF Colleagues at Saint Leo University

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 to renegotiate the entirety of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The UFF Bargaining Team will be administering a survey to the entire unit. All Bargaining sessions are posted on our website calendar and are public, so please contact bargaining@uff-fiu.org if you wish to attend.
  • The Grievance Committee has been approached with issues of equity and retaliation. Regarding all grievances, it is important to have documented evidence (e.g. emails, recordings, etc.) in order to move forward.
  • Membership is currently around 44% of the total bargaining unit. The Membership Committee is working to reach out to faculty, particularly new hires, however it is most useful to connect with people in similar departments or fields. Please contact membership@uff-fiu.org if you would like to help with recruitment efforts!

 

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