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Download, fill in, and mail the membership form. Benefits of membership include the right to run and vote in UFF chapter and statewide elections; representation in grievances (UFF cannot represent a non-member in a grievance or litigation); special deals in insurance, travel, legal advice, and other packages provided by our affiliates; free insurance coverage for job-related liability; and the knowledge you are supporting education in Florida. Come and join the movement.

Communications

The USF System Chapter of the UFF publishes the Biweekly; here is the most recent issue.

We also occasionally issue press releases.

For information, contact the Communications Committee.

Visit us on Facebook!

We have a Facebook page!  Check out United Faculty of Florida at USF.  It is public (so anyone - students, colleagues, the provost - and read it) and all UFF members are eligible to join the group that posts items on it.  The page serves as a forum for UFF members to share issues and interests.  Check it out!

USF System Chapter of the UFF
Announcements

You're Invited

All USF employees are invited to the UFF Social on Thursday, Feb. 22, starting at 6 pm, in Ferg's Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.  Come talk to union activists about current issues.

Watching Tallahassee

Two union-busting bills are moving through the Florida Legislature: House Bill 25 / Senate Bill 1036 and House Bill 7055.  Here are updates:

If you want your legislators to know what you think about these bills, here is the link to the list of senators and the link to the list of representatives.  Don't forget that you may not use public owned computers / phones / etc. to lobby legislators.

Election Season

Chapter Elections are coming up, and it's time for all good members to come to the aid of their colleagues and the union.

The elective offices are:

  • The President presides at all meetings of the chapter and of the Chapter Council. He or she is an ex-officio member of all committees, signs all necessary documents and papers, and represents the organization.
  • The Vice-President represents the President in the President's absence, and performs those duties prescribed by the President or the Chapter Council. In the event of any vacancy in the office of the President, the Vice-President serves as President for the rest of the term.
  • The Secretary maintains records for the chapter proceedings and performs other functions as specified by the Chapter Council.
  • The Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the chapter and supervises the receipt and disbursement of all monies, properties, securities, and other evidence of financial worth of this organization. The Treasurer prepares an annual budget, makes regular financial reports to the Chapter Council, and deals with the IRS.

The representative seats are:

  • Senators represent the Chapter at the statewide UFF Senate meetings, which typically are a Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning in Tampa in February and September.  The UFF Senate is the policy-making body of the United Faculty of Florida.
  • Delegates represent that chapter at the statewide FEA Assembly meetings, which typically run from a Thursday evening to a Saturday morning in October.  The FEA Assembly is the policy-making body of the Florida Education Association.

Chapter Council consists of the elected officers, Senators, Alternate Senators, and the (appointed) chairs of the Bargaining, Grievance, Services (Membership), Communications, and Political committees.

To nominate someone for an office or a seat, download and fill in the nomination form and email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Union-Busting Bill Moves to Senate

Legislation to bust teacher, state / municipal / county employees, and other public employee unions (except for correctional, firefighter, and police unions) is moving through the legislature.  If this legislation passes, UFF and other unions would face an existential threat.

Scott Plakon's House Bill 25 was passed by a 65 - 41 vote in the Florida House, so now the companion Senate Greg Steube's companion Senate Bill 1036 is now moving through the Florida Senate.  These bills would decertify any union that did not have a majority of the employees that it represents as dues-paying members.  That means that even if the union had won a certification election, it would lose its certification one year later.

UFF is working to educate senators about the consequences of this legislation, and if you have any strong feelings on the subject, you are invited to contact your senator (here is their contact information).  Meanwhile, UFF is preparing for the worst by calling on the employees that it represents to join.

If you are interested in joining, download, fill in, scan, and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it your membership form today!

Organizing

We are planning for a recruitment campaign.  We need volunteers!  We need to get UFF members more active in the union.  If you are interested, contact Adrienne Berarducci.

 
Tenure and Promotion

Newsletter Series on Performance, Evaluations, and the Reward Structure: Raises, Renewals, Tenure and Promotion

The newsletter is running a series of article on job performance, how it is evaluated, and how evaluations are translated into raises, renewals, tenure and promotion decisions.  This series was inspired by recent changes in the tenure and promotion guidelines at USF.  Articles thus far: