Yesterday, at a special meeting over Zoom, UFF USF Election Committee Chair Debra Sinclair counted the ballots, assisted by volunteers in the Chapter. Here are the results:
Officers and representatives assume their positions immediately. However, we still need six more delegates and seven more senators. Officially, representatives attend the statewide meetings in fall, but considering the current situation, it is not clear how those meetings will take place (the Assembly sets policy for the FEA and the Senate sets policy for the UFF, so something must be done). But the organizing & recruiting campaign will take place, albeit in a different (and online) form. We ask all UFF USF members to consider volunteering for one of these positions: if you are interested, please contact the Chapter Secretary.
The USF Chapter of the UFF will award six $ 500 Travel Scholarships for spring, summer and fall. This will be for research and instructional expenses (not excluding travel having occurred this semester). All applications are due by Wednesday, April 17, and only UFF members are eligible. In addition, no recipient of the 2019 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 Research & Instruction Scholarships 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, Debbi Sinclair (click here).
Many of our students are struggling during this crisis, and the USF Foundation is supporting the USF Food Pantries to help out. They are accepting non-perishable donations, but one can also make monetary donations for the pantries at St. Petersburg, Sarasota / Manatee, and Tampa.
One of our national affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers, has posted two interesting items:
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.
Chapter Meeting Friday, April 24, via Zoom: for an invitation, contact the Chapter Secretary.
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.
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