USF-UFF Chapter Meeting

Time & Place. The Chapter Meeting was held at 12 noon in the Palm Room on USF St. Petersburg.

Attendance. Eleven UFF members, including five members of the Council.

Minutes. Minutes for February 9 are approved.

President’s Report.

  • Laurie Byers. Ms. Byers will be our UFF staff for organizing.
  • Dismissal of a tenured professor from USFSP. Arbitration is upcoming.

Old Business.

  • Faculty use of own books in classes. Discussion of policies under consideration.
  • Investigation at USFSP. Update on investigation conducted by Olga Joanow.

New Business.

  • Campus security. Discussion of teachers packing guns.
  • Effect of possible USF consolidation per HB 423. The location of tenure is an issue.
  • Anomalous positions. The College of Nursing has a number of non-tenure-track professors.
  • Gun violence. There will be a March for Our Lives on March 24 on Washington, D.C., against gun violence.
    • Motion made and seconded that the UFF USF Senate Delegation shall move a resolution condemning and opposing the Dickey Amendment’s effect of restricting CDC and NIH supported research into gun violence. Motion passes.
  • Union-busting legislation. Discussion of HB 7055 and HB 25 / SB 1036.
  • Chapter election. Call for nominations.


  • Grievances. Many tenure-track faculty do not realize that planning for coming up for tenure – including going to the UFF – is something that cannot wait until the last year.
  • Tenure & Promotion workshops. There will be one soon.
  • Treasurer’ Report. We are solvent.
  • Social on February 22. Report.
  • Membership. Discussion of proposal that each UFF member recruit one new member.

These minutes respectfully submitted by G. McColm on 22 March 2018.