What is a union for? What does it do and how does it do it? And what's in this contract that the union bargains and enforces? For answers to these and other questions, come to our Town Hall on Unions and Contracts on Thursday, August 12, at 12 noon. The meeting will be on Zoom, so for a Zoom invite, contact the Chapter Secretary to get one.
Speaking of contracts, we are bargaining one right now.
So we were pleased to read the column by the new chair of the USF Board of Trustees, Will Weatherford, calling on the community to participate in the search for a new president, for "After all, USF belongs to all of us." We encourage everyone to take Mr. Weatherford up on his call, and we can start by attending the 2 August 2021 USF Board of Trustees Meeting, as the nomination of Rhea Law as interim president is on the agenda.
The USF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida will meet tomorrow Friday at 12 noon on Zoom. On the agenda: reopening in fall, salary equity across campuses, collective bargaining, and more. And here are the minutes for the previous meeting.
Any employee in the Bargaining Unit may attend, but you must have an invitation: contact the Chapter Secretary to get one. This summer, we will be meeting on alternate Fridays at 12 noon over Zoom: the dates are July 30 and August 13.
Meetings and events are posted on the Events Calendar of the UFF USF Website. Come and check us out.
As announced in the July 15 Biweekly, there will be a memorial for USF Philosophy Professor and former UFF USF Chapter President Roy Weatherford on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, on September 5, there will be a Memorial for Roy Weatherford from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Sam & Martha Gibbons Alumni Center at USF. All members and friends of the USF community are invited to come say good-by. For more information, contact Doris Weatherford .
UFF will sponsor a Tailgate Social for the first home football game of the USF Bulls vs. the Florida Gators on Sept. 11, 2021. The game will be at Raymond James stadium in Tampa. The game is scheduled to start at noon, but kickoff time is subject to change. Regardless, we are planning a tent, chairs, coolers, and food for 50 UFF members and families members before the game. In the past, our Tailgates have been at a prime location to watch the bands and players enter, meet up with Rocky, and enjoy the fans.
RSVP to Steve Lang if you plan to participate and let us know who is coming (like a spouse or children). We will need to order food and maybe extra chairs.
If you already have tickets to the game, that’s great! Otherwise, you can get tickets at the Go USF Bulls (Football Tickets) website. For the last few years there was an employee discount, so call them and ask. If you do not have tickets and would like UFF to ask for a group or tickets together, then let us know ASAP and we will try to arrange it. This game will be sold out! No one actually knows what the mask or vaccination policy will be at Raymond James Stadium at this time.
Please provide an email so that we can update folks with information about the time of the game, location of the Tailgate, parking, food choices, and tickets.
We have had some really great tailgate parties in the past few years at the Rays, Rowdies, and USF Bulls, so hopefully this will be a back-to-normal event.
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. Here is the membership form. Come and join the movement.
If you have been the victim of a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement or the recent Memorandum of Understanding, you have thirty days from the time you knew or should have known of the violation to file a grievance. If you are, and at the time of the violation were, a dues-paying member of the United Faculty of Florida, you have the right to union representation. To contact the UFF USF Grievance Committee, go to the Grievances Page.
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.
Yes, we are on social media.
The United Faculty of Florida and the USF Administration are bargaining a successor contract to the 2016 - 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement (extended by the 2019 - 2020 Memorandum of Understanding) On July 9, the two teams presented their first proposals. Some highlights to the USF Administration proposal were outlined in the 15 July 2021 Biweekly, along with a link to their entire proposal.
UFF also put a proposal on the table, although there wasn't enough time at the meeting to go through it thoroughly. UFF's proposals are listed on our Bargaining a New Contract Page; there are a lot of them, but here are a few high points.
At the beginning of this summer, the Biweekly noted that fall is not that far away and looked at several aspects of teaching in the midst of COVID-19 this coming fall. Fall semester is nearly here, the Delta Variant is surging in Florida while the state cuts back on its reports. Florida politics being what they are, the USF Administration will be under enormous pressure to hold classes in classrooms.
We know from our survey that about 75% of faculty want required vaccinations and air quality improvements and masks. One tool faculty can use to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their students, is to report hazardous job conditions - which includes classrooms with inadequate ventilation, or with space restrictions making adequate (6 feet) social distancing impossible, or other problems that would enable the contagion. According to Section 21.3 of the contract, "Whenever an employee reports a condition which the employee feels represents a violation of safety or health rules and regulations or which is an unreasonable hazard to persons or property, such conditions shall be promptly investigated. The appropriate administrator shall reply to the concern, in writing, if the employee's concern is communicated in writing." Here is a template for making a report to one's supervisor, and notice that the university also has an online form for reporting safety issues to USF Environmental Health & Safety.
Chapter Meeting tomorrow Friday, July 16, at 12 noon, via Zoom. All UFF USF members are welcome: for the Zoom link, contact the Chapter Secretary.the Chapter Secretary. Come and join the movement.
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