Bargaining Sessions – Spring 2022

The bargaining teams for UFF-FIU and the FIU Administration will hold bargaining sessions every other week during the Spring 2022 term. They will be held remotely via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided upon request to the bargaining team. The meetings are open for those who wish to view them, but only the bargaining teams will be recognized for discussion. March 24, 2022 at 3:30 pm April 7, 2022 at 3:30 pm April 21,… Continue reading

Fall Chapter Meeting Minutes – 2021

UFF-FIU Chapter Meeting Agenda October 22, 2021: 10:00am-12:00pm WEAR RED Virtual Meeting  Approval of Minutes Motion to approve: Tom Breslin 2nd: Maria Reid Approval of Agenda Motion to approve: Lorna Veraldi 2nd: Maria Shpurik Legislative Affairs Update post-tenure review is on admin radar (mentioned by Provost); GA changes to post-tenure, no faculty oversight, attack on shared governance, further erosion of tenure; student success is included, beyond teaching, service and research, AAUP says GA tenure is… Continue reading

Spring Chapter Meeting Agenda – 2022

UFF-FIU Chapter Meeting Agenda March 9, 2022 Virtual Meeting Approval of Minutes from Fall 2021 meeting Approval of Agenda Committee Reports: Treasurer’s Report: Marc Weinstein update on expenditures; questions or concerns Bargaining Report: Charles Shields Bargaining team; Bargaining committee; update on re-openers; bargaining schedule/attendance at bargaining Legislative Affairs Update: Jim Burns Grievance Report: Eric Dwyer President’s Report: Martha Meyer Chapter Elections View Ballot Old Business New Business Good of the Chapter/Member Voices Adjournment Continue reading

Take Action Against HB 1197

In the final days of the session, the legislative assault on your union rights has been renewed. HB 1197, which is currently being fast-tracked through the Florida Senate, would prohibit you from having your union dues deducted via payroll deduction. The legislation requires union chapters with membership below 50% of those eligible to join to petition the Public Employees Relations Commission for recertification.   The Senate Rules Committee will be taking HB 1197 tomorrow, Tuesday… Continue reading

2022 Spring Chapter Meeting & Elections Ballot

The spring Chapter Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9th from 11 am-1 pm via Zoom. All faculty will be emailed a Zoom link and password to join the meeting, to their FIU email. If you are not currently receiving emails from UFF-FIU and you wish to attend, please check your spam folder and then contact ASAP! Additionally, nominations for union leadership positions for 2022-23 have closed as of February 23rd. Below you… Continue reading

COVID Precautions for Spring 2022

Dear Colleagues, As we return to campus for another semester, we are once again faced with the challenges of the ongoing pandemic. This morning, Andrew Gothard (President, United Faculty of Florida), issued a letter to the Board of Governors calling on them to allow for greater local authority for universities and campuses across Florida to take the precautions they believe will best protect their communities (e.g., allowing classes to begin the semester remotely). As the… Continue reading

Concerns Over COVID Policies and Procedures

Dear Colleagues, In light of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and the ongoing public health crisis, we are writing to update you with the information we have at this time. As of December 31st, we know that the emergence of the omicron variant presents new challenges to our university community. Preliminary data suggests the variant is more likely to infect both vaccinated individuals and those who have previously recovered from another strain of… Continue reading

In Memory of Chuck Elkins: FIU founding faculty and UFF activist

Chuck Elkins was a longtime member of the Department of English at FIU. He was one of the founders of the UFF chapter at FIU and for many years was a union activist and leader, in addition to being a scholar, teacher, and serving also as a Vice Provost (at what was then known as the North Miami campus).   I got to know Chuck when I came to FIU, initially through the Friday afternoon… Continue reading

Chapter Meeting Agenda – Fall 2021

PDF Version with Links UFF-FIU Chapter Meeting Agenda October 22, 2021: 10:00am-12:00pm WEAR RED Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 845 7284 4877 Passcode: 379851 Approval of Minutes Approval of Agenda Legislative Affairs Update Treasurer’s Report Bargaining Report Membership Report Grievance Report President’s Report UFF-FIU Listens – Member’s voices Old Business New Business Good of the Chapter Adjournment   Continue reading