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This page features news items of general interest to union members.

UFF News and Views, April 2018

posted Jul 18, 2018, 6:02 PM by NCUFF Webmaster

UFF News & Views, April 2016

posted Jun 17, 2016, 1:08 PM by NCUFF Webmaster

See this link for the most recent UFF Newsletter (April 2016)—and especially this article.

UFF News & Views, December 2015

posted Jan 11, 2016, 6:19 AM by NCUFF Webmaster   [ updated Jan 11, 2016, 6:19 AM ]

UFF News and Views, October 2015

posted Oct 29, 2015, 3:37 PM by referencelady@hotmail.com   [ updated Nov 1, 2015, 8:40 AM by NCUFF Webmaster ]

UFF Condemns Action of SCF Board of Trustees (9/25/2015)

posted Sep 28, 2015, 8:22 AM by NCUFF Webmaster

We recently received the attached press release (PDF below) from Jennifer Proffitt, UFF President, and Marshall Ogletree, Interim Executive Director. 

Dr. Sarah Pappas, President Emeritus of State College of Florida, also wrote a guest column on the subject in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. The column is at this link: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150925/COLUMNIST/150929810/0/search

UFF News and Views, September 2015

posted Sep 13, 2015, 12:41 PM by referencelady@hotmail.com   [ updated Oct 29, 2015, 3:44 PM ]

Election 2014: Updates from UFF

posted Sep 23, 2014, 11:36 AM by NCUFF Webmaster

THE FATE OF HIGHER EDUCATION HANGS IN THE BALANCE


     Update from Tom Auxter, President, United Faculty of Florida

     10 September 2014


When we vote, nothing less than the future of higher education is at stake. In terms of policy, we have radically different choices. We know that education does not exist in a vacuum. Now more than ever the fate of public education is tied to other policy decisions. Every year in Florida higher education we face funding cuts, larger class sizes, fewer courses open, and programs threatened on every campus. 


Every year some legislator proposes cuts in pensions and optional retirement programs, as well as in health insurance benefits. Last spring we barely defeated several draconian

proposals – sometimes with tie votes in the Senate stopping the proposed legislative action. If these bills were to pass, how would it affect the faculty brain drain we are already experiencing as a result of low salaries? 


Should we protect the right to collective bargaining? Or, should we leave faculty with no contractual protections against at-will decisions by supervisors? Should we protect tenure, continuing contracts, and pay raises, or is it okay to let legislators experiment with “flexible employment” and concoct schemes that supposedly reward performance?


This election is not a referendum on personalities or on whether voters like everything a candidate has done. If that is how voters decide, we will watch while large amounts of money dominate the airwaves, and higher education issues fade from view.


If voters have defeatist attitudes, or feel indifferent or frustrated, Florida will have low turnout like there was in 2010. Higher education and unionized employees have been under attack since that time. 


The political stakes are too high to tune out. Ask your colleagues, ask your friends, and ask your family to vote. Now is the time to get engaged on behalf of higher education in the state of Florida.


This update includes three attachments: two informational PDFs and an Excel spreadsheet listing voter registration offices by county.

Welcome to 2014-2015 Academic Year

posted Aug 29, 2014, 7:01 AM by Sarah Hernandez   [ updated Aug 29, 2014, 7:01 AM ]

Welcome into the 2014-2015 academic year! 

For new employees, do not forget that you are protected by the New College collective bargaining agreement (CBA), however, if there is a grievance and you seek representation from the union, you must have been a member when the grievance occurredUFF will not provide grievance representation to faculty who were not dues-paying UFF members at the time when the grievable incident occurred.

Membership offers many other benefits (see Membership Benefits link), among them liability insurance, information about legislators' proposals, lobbying for the interests of university faculty and for public education, special rates in various services, etc. At the local level, your membership gives you the NCUFF magical cup: offering free tea or coffee at the Four Winds cafe. If you are still having doubts, consider we offer a new member rebate of $200. 00. 

All are welcome to our chapter meetings. Third Wednesdays of September, October, February, and April. This where you will hear what are the current concerns, share your thoughts of how your union should proceed, and tell us of your concerns so we can address them. 



FEA Files Lawsuit Against Gov. Rick Scott

posted Aug 29, 2014, 6:59 AM by Sarah Hernandez

Dear Fellow Members,
 
This morning, the FEA filed a lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott, the members of the Florida Cabinet, the state education commissioner, and the state departments of Revenue and Education. This lawsuit states that the tax credit voucher program, implemented by the state, is unconstitutional.
 
The Florida Constitution requires a system of free public schools to be in place, and declares that it is "a paramount duty of the state to make adequate provision for the education." The manner in which this mandate must be carried out is "by law for a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools,” as said in Article IX, Section 1(a). The tax credit voucher program is hindering this process. It is allowing the state to fund students’ tuition in private schools using our tax dollars, which is against Florida law.
 
We are not alone. I am listed as a plaintiff, as are state Sen. Geraldine Thompson; Bob Jones, a public school principal and immediate past president of the Florida Association of School Administrators; Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, Reverend Harry Parrott, Jr., and Reverend Harold Brockus, who are all affiliated with Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In addition to those individuals, other public school organizations involved are the Florida School Boards Association, the Florida PTA, the Florida Association of School Administrators, the Florida NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Florida.
 
This is not the first time that the Legislature has tried to establish a state program to pay for private school education. In 2006, Florida courts deemed the Opportunity Scholarship Program unconstitutional in the Bush v. Holmes case. The Opportunity Scholarship Program was similar to tax credit vouchers in that it used public funds for private school tuition. The court used two rationales to verify this, and they are both applicable today. Despite the courts’ ruling, the Legislature has continued to expand voucher programs.
 
This money should be used to help fix our lowest performing schools, instead of sending our students to schools that have no regulations, no standards, and no accountability. It is not fair that our tax dollars are helping only a small student population attend private schools, when the rest of our students are being forgotten. We have a glowing public school system that can be made even better. Lawmakers should focus more on bringing up our lowest performing public schools instead of stepping over them and leaving them behind.
 
The Legislature thinks that they can continue to break the law so that they can get what they want – we will not let them. The FEA will continue to fight for our members and our students.

 

Sincerely,

Joanne M. McCall, Vice President

Florida Education Association

NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO

Follow me on-
Twitter: https://twitter.com/J_McCall_FEA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanne.mccall.121?fref=ts


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