End-of-semester Newsletter from the President

Dear Colleagues, I am afraid this email may be a little lengthy, as it has been a while, and a million things have changed, and it’s the end of the semester and more things are changing, and I’m not exactly sure how many actual functioning brain cells are left in my head. I do want to say Congratulations on making it through day 389 of March 2020! It has been a long semester, a long year, and I know… Continue reading

UFF Members: Return UFF Statewide Elections Ballot by March 23rd

Please remember that the recommended postmark date to return your ballot for this year’s UFF Statewide Election is Tuesday, March 23rd. The election formally ends on Wednesday, March 31st. Statewide elections are very important, as the outcome determines our statewide union leadership for the next two years. If you have not yet voted, please fill out your ballot and return it as soon as possible. Your ballot should have arrived at your home address within… Continue reading

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