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United Faculty of Florida -- USF System Chapter
23 November 2011
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Download, fill in, and mail the membership form. You must be a UFF member at the time of an incident (such as a reprimand, non-reappointment, layoff notice, or tenure/ promotion denial) for UFF to represent you in a grievance or future litigation. UFF CANNOT REPRESENT A NON-MEMBER IN A GRIEVANCE OR FUTURE LITIGATION. And if you join UFF by December 9, you will receive a $ 300 dues rebate in spring; it's never been easier to join the movement.


With the spring legislative session coming up, the UFF Political Action Committee is making campaign contributions to critical legislators. Dues money does NOT go for campaign contributions, so the UFF PAC relies on donations. Legislators cannot accept campaign contributions during or just before the legislative session, so UFF PAC is asking for donations by December 1. If you would like to make a donation to UFF PAC (and you don't have to be a UFF member or even an employee in the USF UFF Bargaining Unit to donate), you may download and send in our form with the donation. Thank you, and special thanks to all USF employees who are deducting a dollar (or more!) per paycheck to UFF PAC; if you would like to enroll, you may download and send in the form. Alas, as the late Californian House Speaker Jesse Unruh said, "Money is the mother's milk of politics," and we have to be practical.


The USF Chapter of the UFF is joining a toy drive this holiday season.

The West Central Florida AFL-CIO, together with the Boy Scouts, the Cub Scouts, and the Venture Scouts of the Lake Region District, are joining the Children Home Society to collect new, unwrapped toys for children ages 0 – 17 in Hardee, Highlands, and Polk counties.

UFF is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and we are participating in the toy drive.

We will be collecting toys at the Friday December 2 chapter meeting, at noon, in EDU 313 at USF-Tampa. As always, there will sandwiches, soda pop, and union business (including plans for the next semester). All USF faculty and professionals are invited – UFF members and non-members alike. Come check us out.


We have been informed that those employees who signed up for new insurance or other programs during the recent open enrollment will see their first deductions on payday in December 16, and then on December 30.

As always, we encourage all employees to check their pay stubs on GEMS to make sure that all is in order.


Next Chapter Meeting next week, Friday, December 2, at noon, in EDU 313, on USF –Tampa.

Sandwiches & sodas are provided by the union, and all UFF members are invited to attend. Non-members are also invited to come and check us out. Come and join the movement.

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