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United Faculty of Florida -- USF System Chapter
15 January 2019
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

It's election time for the UFF USF Chapter, and time to ask UFF USF members to consider running for office or representative seats. All dues paying UFF USF members, and only dues paying UFF USF members, may run and vote in this election. The deadline for nominations is March 1.

Any UFF USF member may run for any one of these offices:

  • The President oversees the operations of the chapter.
  • The Vice President assists the President.
  • The Secretary maintains documents and records.
  • The Treasurer handles finances.
These four elected officers, and the Chief Negotiator and the Grievance Chair (both appointed by the President), make up the Executive Council. In addition, the USF Chapter of UFF sends representatives to two union bodies:
  • The UFF Senate is the primary policy-making body of the statewide United Faculty of Florida, which is the strongest voice for higher education in Florida. It meets twice annually, during a weekend, in Tampa or Orlando, and the USF Chapter of UFF is represented by senators elected by UFF USF members in this election.
  • The FEA Delegate Assembly is the primary policy-making body of the Florida Education Association, which represents K-20 teachers and professionals and is the strongest voice for education in Florida. It meets annually, in mid-fall, for Thursday evening, Friday, and early Saturday in Tampa or Orlando, and UFF USF is represented by delegates elected by UFF USF members in this election. This year it meets in in October.
UFF USF members may run for either senator or delegate or both; UFF USF members running for an office may also run for one or both representative positions.

If you are interested or wish to nominate another member, please start the process by downloading, filling, and sending the nomination form to the Election Committee. All nominations must be received (in our hands) by Friday, March 1.

Ballots will be sent out on Monday, March 4, and must be received (in our hands) by Tuesday, March 19. They will be counted at a special meeting on March 21 to which all UFF members are invited.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

$ 500 Travel Grants for UFF Members

The USF Chapter of the UFF will award six $ 500 Travel Scholarships for summer and fall. This will be for travel for participation in a professional activity. All applications are due by Wednesday, April 17, and only UFF members are eligible. In addition, no recipient of the 2018 cycles of travel grants is eligible to apply, and members of the Executive Committee are ineligible. The six recipients shall be selected by lot at the April 19 chapter meeting. For more information, see the Travel Scholarship Flyer.

This initiative is part of our membership campaign. If you would like to become active in the UFF USF Membership Drive, contact the Membership Chair, Adrienne Berarducci (click here).

Tickets for the 2019 Hillsborough NAACP Dinner

The UFF USF Chapter will pay for up to six tickets at the annual NAACP Freedom Fund dinner on Friday, February 1, at 7 pm. The tickets are for UFF members interested in attending. The keynote speaker is Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.

Contact the UFF USF Chapter Secretary for more.

Chapter Meeting on USF St. Petersburg on February 8

The Chapter meeting on Friday, February 8, will be on USF St. Petersburg. It will start at noon in the USC Palm Room. As always, everyone is invited for lunch.

The chapter meeting on Friday, January 25, will be on USF Tampa, location TBA.

Workshops on Government Relations and Union Organizing

The United Faculty of Florida will offer two workshops in February. Both are satellites of the UFF Senate meeting, but both are open to all UFF members. There will be a Legislative Training session on February 15 from 7 pm to 9 pm, and a Building Power in Your Union session on February 16 from 9 am to 11 am. Both sessions will be at the Westshore Grand Hotel at 4860 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609. RSVP to the the UFF USF Chapter Secretary.


LOGISTICS

Chapter Meeting Friday, January 25, at noon at USF Tampa, location TBA. There will be free lunch. Come and check us out.

Membership: Everyone in the UFF USF System Bargaining unit is eligible for UFF membership: to join, simply fill out and send in the membership form.

NOTE: The USF-UFF Chapter website is http://www.uff.ourusf.org, and our e-mail address is uff@ourusf.org.

About this broadcast: This Newsletter was broadcast from uff.ourusf.org, hosted at ICDsoft.com, and is intended for all UFF USF members.

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