DON’T FORGET TO VOTE
This is a critical election, and all good union members will go out and VOTE! Here are some basics:
THE ELECTION IS NEXT TUESDAY!!!!!: voting by mail is almost over, and early voting soon will be. UFF strongly encourages all eligible and registered voters to vote. For more information, consult the Florida Division of Elections or, for information about voting in your county, consult your friendly neighborhood supervisor of elections:
- For Hillsborough County.
- For Manatee County.
- For Pasco County.
- For Pinellas County.
- For Polk County.
- For Sarasota County.
Early voting days may vary county-by-county, but all counties will have early voting during October 27 – November 3. In particular, Hillsborough County will have early voting at the USF Yuengling Center October 22 – November 4, from 7 am to 7 pm.
This November, the ballot is very long because it is full of very consequential races and referenda. We strongly recommend that everyone take the entire ballot very seriously. Of course, we have our own recommendations (which we are not permitted to share via this newsletter) (except to ask everyone to support public education), but we also encourage everyone to do their own research, such as visiting the websites of candidates and referenda, as well as major non-partisan sites for information purposes:
- Ballotpedia has information on many of the races and referenda.
- The Florida Bar has put up a site on judicial candidates.
- The Florida Division of Elections has a portal for searching for official documents filed by candidates.
- The Tampa Bay Times has posted a Voter Guide and a page on the proposed constitutional amendments.
- The US Government has a page on how to Decide Who to Vote For.
- The League of Women Voters set up Vote411 with links to websites for many candidates.
The only way to hold the government accountable is to hold it accountable, and that means showing up for the election.
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 the Membership Chair, 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:
- What is Tenure For?
- Attacking Tenure
- Eroding Tenure
- The Contract and the Guidelines
- What They [the Guidelines] Say
- Teaching, Research and Service
- The Fourth Criterion
- Foggy Areas
- Getting Ahead
- More than Nature or Nurture
- Editorial Comment on Tenure and Promotion Criteria
- (Departments and) Tenure and Promotion Criteria
- Getting Grants on the Job
- Getting Real About Grants
- Tenure and the Odds
- Why Young Researchers Aren’t Getting Grants