US Supreme Court

  Supreme Court petition There’s a possibility that Joe Biden could call a vote on Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court before swearing in new senators on January 3rd, and while the sitting senators will be 34 Democrats, 30 Republicans and 2 Independents. Read the details and sign the petition.   Continue reading

CBA Ratification

Collective Bargaining Agreement 2015-2018 Overwhelmingly Ratified The UFF-FIU overwhelmingly ratified (131-8) the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on February 3 and 4, 2016. The FIU Board of Trustees unanimously ratified the same proposed agreement on February 10, 2016. We now have a new CBA! For a draft of the proposal, 2015-2018_UFF_CBA_FINAL.pdf We extend our gratitude to Alan Gumerson, chair of the UFF-FIU bargaining team, and Meredith Newman, chair of the FIU Administration team, and their… Continue reading

Election Result

Election Results The chapter elections and membership meeting were held on On February 24, 2016. The following officers and senators were elected for the term of office starting April 1, 2016 and ending March 32, 2017. Officers President – Eric Dwyer (Note: As President, is also a UFF-FIU Senator) Vice President, MMC – April Merleaux Vice President, BBC – Moses Shumow Treasurer – Alan Gummerson Secretary – Kathy Lineberger Senators Ronald Baier Joan Baker Tovah… Continue reading

FEA Action Center Alert

Your retirement under attack yet again The Florida Retirement System (FRS) was the hot topic this week as it came under attack yet again by House Republican leaders. In what seems to be an ugly tradition, Republicans are continuing to fight to weaken the FRS. Florida currently has a very healthy retirement system, funded at 86.6 percent, which is well above what is considered to be a healthy pension system. It could be even higher,… Continue reading

Higher Education

  Invest in Higher Education: Talking Points for Legislators Investing in higher education is the fastest and strongest way to leave a recession. When people are unemployed, they need access to higher education to upgrade credentials and expand skills. When they enroll in academic or vocational programs, they use their time constructively during a recession, generate revenue for the state through federal student loans and work-study jobs, and are ready for a better job when… Continue reading