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United Faculty of Florida -- USF System Chapter
20 December 2012
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USF staff have their own union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME. Like the United Faculty of Florida, AFSCME is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and like UFF, AFSCME is participating in the effort in Tallahassee to limit the havoc wreaked by the legislative leadership.

USF staff went without raises for many years before AFSCME won a 1.5 % pay raise in bargaining in 2010, when some staff were not making a living wage. The years when staff employees' purchasing power declined were the same last few years that state university funding declined precipitously.

AFSCME and the USF Administration are negotiating a new contract between USF staff and the USF Board of Trustees. As the Tampa Tribune reports, the USF Administration and the workers' union are at odds over pay raise. The Tribune oberved that the USF Administration declined to comment except to emphasize its commitment to collective bargaining - and that several USF officials noted that USF was cut $ 45 million last year alone.

While UFF is aware of the severe financial constraints upon the university, we are concerned about the effect that this wage recession is having on staff morale. In addition, a failure to even implicitly recognize (at the bargaining table) AFSCME's participation in union efforts to protect education in Florida could give AFSCME activists and USF staff the impression that we are not, after all, in this together. For these reasons, UFF is hopeful for a positive outcome to these negotiations.

USF staff employees who wish to support the union that represents them and protects their employment rights and privileges are strongly encouraged to join today.


Next Chapter Meeting Friday, January 11, at noon, at a location TBA at or near USF Tampa campus.

There will be lunch and drinks, and all UFF members are invited to attend. Bring a colleague!

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