NCUFF Newsletter

Proposed language for Inventions and Works in CBA

posted Mar 29, 2015, 12:58 PM by Sarah Hernandez

Greetings,
  This is the language I developed based on USF's, UNF's, and UF's Inventions and Works  articles in their CBAs. 
Main points: Faculty retain ownership of their teaching materials and publications with the exception of cases when we are specifically asked to create these for the college. However, when the college makes claims to inventions, there is specific language on how disagreements are resolved and how the profits are to be distributed. I ask that you particularly pay attention to articles 18.6 and 18.7. I welcome your suggestions on all parts of this article. 
 Sarah
  

Getting Ready for 2014 - 2015

posted Aug 19, 2014, 3:23 AM by Sarah Hernandez

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. 

Current Members: Do not forget to vote for this year's officers! Ballots are due Friday, August 22 at 4:00pm. 


UFF PAC's work

posted Mar 11, 2014, 7:35 PM by Sarah Hernandez

 March 11, 2014

Dear United Faculty of Florida Members,

There is an urgent need to raise funds for UFF-PAC to support seven moderate senators who are willing to defend higher education against leadership pressure to reduce funding and undermine quality. We believe they will see our contribution as supporting them at the same time we are asking them to support us on critical issues. This is how we survived the threat to collective bargaining in 2012. We need 20 out of 40 votes in the Senate to block bad legislation.

An example of legislation affecting Florida universities and colleges is HB 7029, passed by the 2013 Florida Legislature. This legislation opens the door to for-profit entities to design, produce, test, and grade online credit courses for university and college students in Florida. Ultimately these vendor courses will replace faculty instruction in high-enrollment courses. You can imagine what this will do faculty and graduate assistant jobs -- as well as departmental programs.

The aggressive legislative action campaign UFF members carried out last spring had two positive effects: 1) It slowed down the implementation of the bill until spring 2014, giving faculty a chance to influence the process again now. 2) It forced legislators to make significant changes in the original proposal, such as eliminating the clause that would switch accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges  and Schools (SACS) to Florida-based accreditation by the Department of Education.

In the legislative session beginning this month, we need support from Legislators of both parties to stop implementation of HB 7029 from becoming a license for online vendors using their products to replace faculty instruction. We also need support to stop “Performance-based Funding” from being used to pit universities and colleges against each other for reduced appropriations, or to pit individual faculty against each other in evaluations, a possible scenario if Tea-Party style legislative leaders get their way. Finally, we need help in the Senate to stop the House Speaker from ramming through legislation that would destabilize the entire retirement system and jeopardize the plans of faculty.

UFF is committed to supporting candidates for office who listen to the voices of Higher Education professionals, regardless of party affiliation. Union dues are not used for political purposes, so we ask that you make a Political Action Contribution (PAC) by writing a check to “UFF-PAC” for $100 or whatever you can afford. Please mail the contribution to: United Faculty of Florida,

306 East Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Sincerely,
Tom Auxter
UFF President 

 

 

Commentary on FRS by Mark Kudlow

posted Mar 10, 2014, 7:58 PM by Sarah Hernandez

COMMENTARY: Florida’s retirement system doesn’t need “fixing”

By MARK KUDLOW / Florida Education Association

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 15:50 PM.

Legislators are once again proposing to alter the Florida Retirement System (FRS), even though it is considered one of the best and most well-funded in the country and recent polling conducted for the Florida Education Association (FEA) shows that nearly 70 percent of registered voters believe the Legislature should leave the retirement system for teachers alone.

The latest proposal is called a “cash balance plan,” which House Speaker Will Weatherford says will only apply to new employees and won’t impact those currently in the retirement system. But if new employees aren’t going to replenish the system, it will ultimately threaten the financial stability of the retirement fund that 375,000 retired teachers and other public workers rely on now and 620,000 more currently paying into the system will rely on in the future. As a result, many believe any changes will adversely impact the viability of the Florida Retirement System and could harm current school employees enrolled in the system.

“We don’t understand why some political leaders in Florida continue to seek to dismantle a retirement system that is considered one of the best and most well-funded in the country,” said FEA President Andy Ford.

Investment earnings do most of the work in funding retirement for teachers and other school employees, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other workers in the Florida Retirement System. Contributions made by workers and employers are invested, and the earnings are compounded over time — funding over two-thirds of retirement benefits.

Furthermore, the system provides important support to the state and local economies. In 2011, the Florida Retirement System paid out nearly $7 billion in retirement payments. These dollars support retirees and circulate throughout the Florida economy, paying for food, clothing, housing and other necessities and supporting thousands of jobs spread throughout every community in the state.

Studies show that every dollar paid in public retirement benefits in Florida creates $1.64 in total economic activity. About two-thirds of money paid out comes from investment earnings, so every dollar invested in retirement plans from taxes supports $4.47 in total economic output.

The Florida Retirement System is in good financial condition, and is consistently ranked among the top 10 state systems in the nation and the Legislature already made significant cost saving changes to the FRS in 2011. They mandated a three percent employee contribution, suspended cost-of-living increases, increased the vesting period and reduced the DROP accrual rate.

Opponents of the planned changes worry they will only shift more of the burden to those currently in the state retirement system while denying new teachers, bus drivers and cafeteria workers the option to participate in a plan that could provide them with real retirement security.

Mark Pudlow is a Florida Education Association spokesperson. Send him an email or call 850-201-3223.

 

Florida’s retirement system doesn’t need “fixing”
By Mark Pudlow
Crestview News Bulletin
Legislators are once again proposing to alter the Florida Retirement System (FRS), even though it is considered one of the best and most well-funded in the country and recent polling conducted for the Florida Education Association (FEA) shows that nearly 70 percent of registered voters believe the Legislature should leave the retirement system for teachers alone.

Only the individual sender is responsible for the content of the message, and the message does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Florida Education Association or its affiliates. This e-mail, including attachments, may contain information that is confidential, and is only intended for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed.

Florida AFL-CIO  Working Families Lobby Corps

posted May 6, 2013, 7:13 AM by Susan Marks

2013 LEGISLATIVE BRIEF
135 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32301  850-224-6926  FAX 850-224-2266
 www.flaflcio.orgFlorida AFL-CIO’s You-Tube PageFlorida AFL-CIO’s Facebook Page Florida AFL-CIO’s Twitter Feed
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Please Note: The following is merely a brief look at the final dispensation of some of the major 
bills we were following during the 2013 Legislative Session. A more detailed report will made 
available following the publication of the House and Senate Session Summaries.
__________________________________________________________________________________________________
Closing the Defined Benefit Pension System in FRS HB 7011/SB 1392.........................FAILED
OPPOSED (Forces all new hires into 401-k and risks the retirement security of public workers.)

The “Parent Trigger” SB 862 / HB 867…………………………...................………………....…..FAILED IN SENATE
OPPOSED (Allows private, for-profit companies to take over public schools through petition)

Preempting Local Wage Theft Ordinances SB 1216 / HB 1125 …………….....FAILED IN SENATE
OPPOSED (Bans local governments from enacting any ordinance relating to wage theft.)

Political Subdivisions (Total Preemption) HB 655………….......……………………….......……….……….PASSED
OPPOSED (Original legislation would preempt local governments from enacting living wage ordinances, earned sick time 
ordinances, required domestic partner benefits or any additional wage or benefit provisions not granted by the 
Legislature. The bill was greatly improved after being amended. As amended, the legislation preempts local 
governments from passing ordinances relating to employee benefits including health, disability, vacation, and paid sick 
leave benefits. Living Wage ordinances, PLAs and other critical ordinances are protected. Contractors and 
Subcontractors of local governments can still be subject to ordinances. Bill creates a task force to study the effects of 
said preemption.)

Preemption of Paid Sick Leave - SB 726……………………………………......………………..………....................…FAILED
OPPOSED (Bans local governments from enacting any ordinance relating to paid sick leave.)

Police/Fire Pensions SB 458/HB 1399………………………………………………………………..…… FAILED IN HOUSE
WATCHED (Changes insurance premium tax revenues on police and firefighter pension plans.) 

Medicaid Expansion SB 1816/HB 7169/SB 1844………..………...................………….…FAILED IN HOUSE
SUPPORT (Expands Medicaid health insurance to low income workers in the state.)

Elections Reform HB 7013…………………………………………………………………………….…...................................PASSED
WATCHED/SUPPORT (Reforms election laws to include more early voting days and reduce voter registration restrictions. 
Did not include all our Coalition priorities.)

Change in Valuation for Public Pensions SB 534 / HB 599….................…………………...……...PASSED
OPPOSED (Changes evaluation of public pension plans devaluing their worth and success.)

Campaign Finance Reform HB 569......................…………………………………………………………………..……PASSED
WATCHED (Revokes CCE’s which increases frequency of reporting requirements, increases contribution limits and other 
items. Detailed information will be provided by Florida AFL-CIO soon)

The Florida Supreme Court ruled today against FEA

posted Jan 17, 2013, 10:44 AM by Susan Marks

The Florida Supreme Court ruled today against FEA and upheld the 3 percent income tax on public employees’ pensions imposed by the leadership of the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. But the members of the Florida Education Association won’t give up the fight to make a better Florida for students, public employees and all working families.

“This is disappointing news for those who work to make Florida a better place,” FEA President Andy Ford said. “Balancing the state budget on the backs of middle-class working families is the wrong approach for legislative leaders and the governor to take. We’re disappointed that the state’s highest court said this approach was legal.”

“I believe our arguments were correct, even if the justices didn’t agree. We still believe that a promise is a promise,” Ford said. “We are more determined than ever to change the face of the Florida Legislature. The next elections in 2014 can turn this decision around.”

Don’t just get angry… Get organized! Let’s mobilize to change the Florida Legislature in 2014!


Here's the link to the opinion

http://www.meyerandbrooks.com/documents/Appeal%20-%20Scott%20vs%20Williams/SC12-520_Order.pdf


Ed Mitchell
Executive Director
United Faculty of Florida
FEA, NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO
850-224-8220 Fax: 850-222-1767
(813) 240-9301 - Cell
Ed.Mitchell@floridaea.org
www.UnitedFacultyofFlorida.org

COMING SOON……….Special, limited time AFT Term Life offer for UFF members

posted Dec 3, 2012, 12:44 PM by Susan Marks

In recognition of the recent changes to the university sponsored term life insurance program, I asked our state affiliate FEA and our national affiliate AFT to find a better source of term life insurance for UFF members.

Met Life, the endorsed life insurance carrier of AFT + Member Benefits, is providing a special enrollment window until January 28, 2013 to allow UFF members to purchase term life insurance protection for up to 2x salary on a Guaranteed Issue basis.   There will be no medical questions, exams, or blood tests.  As long as you are actively at work (not disabled) and an AFT member in good standing, you will  be accepted into the program.  In addition, if you are applying for $100,000 or more and are a nonsmoker, you will automatically qualify for the new, preferred rates.  For example, the premium for $100,000 for a 30 year old nonsmoker is just $4 per month.  The rate for a 40 year old is $7 and $15 for a 50 year old.  Plus, each enrollee receives free will preparation service from the Hyatt Legal Plan.  

You will be receiving additional plan details and an enrollment package via US Mail in the very near future.  Please consider this special offer as you make your insurance choices. 

Please forward this message to members.

 

Ed Mitchell

Executive Director 

United Faculty of Florida

FEA, NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO 

Notice of Development of Rulemaking: Issuance of Continuing Contracts

posted Nov 27, 2012, 8:17 AM by Susan Marks   [ updated Nov 27, 2012, 9:04 AM ]

CALL TO ACTION: Proposed rule change for issuance of continuing contracts

 

To College Faculty,

The State Board of Education is conducting a rulemaking hearing on November 29  in Heathrow at Seminole State College of Florida on Rule 6A-14.0411: Issuance of Continuing Contracts for college faculty Tom Auxter, UFF President, and Mark Richard, UFMDC President, will offer testimony as the union presidents. We need as many faculty to testify from their perspective. They should be diverse in terms of colleges, disciplines and years of teaching experience. We are asking for commitments to attend now and also submit your comments online.

The “post-award performance criteria” will impact the future of all faculty.

This rule change is not in response to identified problems. It is a political agenda from Governor Scott. The changes from the May, 2012 proposed rule to the current version are from the Governor.

 

Ed Mitchell
Executive Director
United Faculty of Florida
FEA, NEA, AFT, AFL-CIO
850-224-8220 Fax: 850-222-1767
(813) 240-9301 - Cell
Ed.Mitchell@floridaea.org
www.UnitedFacultyofFlorida.org

 

Submit your comment online

All faculty should go online and register their opposition to the proposed rule change. To submit a comment on this rule, go to:

https://app1.fldoe.org/rules/default.aspx

Look for Rule “6A-14.0411” and click on “Submit Comment.”

State that you are “writing in opposition to the proposed rule change.”

State your name, college and discipline.

Talking points on continuing contracts:

Faculty are awarded a continuing contract after completing a rigorous process that includes:


• Completing three (3) full successive years of services.

• Be reappointed

• Be recommended to the college President.

• Completed faculty development hours.

• Be recommended for a continuing contract by the College President.

• Complete performance evaluations for each year.

• Be approved by the College Board of Trustees.

• Faculty on a continuing contract may be terminated for just cause.

 

Talking points in opposition to the proposed rule changes:

 

• Diminishes local control by the College Board of Trustees.

• Moving to five years before eligibility will place Florida at a competitive disadvantage in hiring faculty compared to other states.

• What does “quantifiable measurable effectiveness in the particular area of practice” mean?

• How does “feedback from employers of students” measure the contribution of a single faculty member when the student was taught by twenty or more faculty?


 

Notice of Development of Rulemaking

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
State Board of Education

RULE NO.: RULE TITLE:
6A-14.0411: Issuance of Continuing Contracts
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The purpose of the rule development is to update the current process of issuing continuing contracts. The effect will be a rule aligned with Florida Statutes.
SUBJECT AREA TO BE ADDRESSED: Continuing Contracts.
RULEMAKING AUTHORITY: 1001.025(1), 1012.855 FS.
LAW IMPLEMENTED: 1012.83 FS.

A RULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT THE DATE, TIME AND PLACE SHOWN BELOW:

DATE AND TIME: November 29, 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

PLACE: Seminole State College of Florida, Heathrow Campus, 1055 AAA Drive, Heathrow, FL 32746
THE PERSON TO BE CONTACTED REGARDING THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT AND A COPY OF THE PRELIMINARY DRAFT, IF AVAILABLE, IS: Ms. Kasongo Butler, Assistant Chancellor, Division of Florida Colleges, Florida Department of Education, 325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 1544, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400;850.245.9455Kasongo.Butler@fldoe.org

THE PRELIMINARY TEXT OF THE PROPOSED RULE DEVELOPMENT IS:

 

6A-14.0411 Employment Contracts for Full Time Faculty Issuance of Continuing Contracts. Continuing contracts are to be awarded for service in a full-time faculty capacity as determined by the college consistent with the following rules.

(1) District Boards of Trustees shall develop, maintain and distribute a policy governing the issuance of contnuing contracts and other employment contracts for employees serving in a full time faculty capacity as determined by the college. Such policy shall be consistent with this rule.

(2)(1) In order to be eligible for a continuing contract,full-time faculty shall must meet the following minimum requirements:

(a) Completion Completing of a least five (5) three (3)years of satisfactory service in the same college except as provided below during a period not in excess of seven (7)five (5) years. In all cases, with such service shall be beingcontinuous except for leave duly authorized and granted.The criteria established by the district board of trustees may also provide for including satisfactory service in other institutions of higher learning for purposes of this section.

(b) Receive the rRecommendation of by the president and approval by the board for a continuing contract based on successful performance of duties, and demonstration of professional competence pursuant to criteria establshed by the board and the needs of the college.

(c) Compliance with criteria established by the board pursuant to subsection (3) of this rule.

(3)(2) Each board shall establish criteria which must be met before a contiuing contract may be awarded. Other criteria for a continuing contract colleges may consider including, without limitation, educational qualifications, efficiency, compatibility, character and capacity to meet the educational needs of the community, and the length of time the duties and responsibilities of this position are expected to be needed. Colleges shall provide in writing to faculty a copy of the criteria for a continuing contract.

(a) Such criteria shall at a minimum include the following:

1. quantifiable measurable effectiveness in the particular area of practice.

2. continuing professional development;

3. currency and scope of subject matter knowledge,

4. student and faculty feedback and feedback from employers of students; and

5. service to department, college and community.

(b) Such criteria may include the following:

1. educational qualificiations, efficiency, compatability, learning outcomes, character;

2. capacity to meet the educational needs of the community;

3. the length of time the duties and responsibility of this position are expected to be needed; and

4. such other criteria as shall be included by the board.

(4) Each board may hire full-time faculty positions that are not eligible for continuing contract.

(3) The continuing contract shall be effective at the beginning of the annual college contractual periods.

(5)(4) Each employee issued a continuing contract shall be entitled to continue in their respective full-time a faculty position at the college without the necessity for annual nomination or reappointment until the individual employeeresigns from the continuing contract or, except as otherwiseprovided subsection (7) of in this rule.

(6) Each board shall by policy establish post-award performance criteria for faculty under continuing contract. Periodic review of continuing contract faculty through post-award performance criteria is intended to contribute to their continuing growth and development.

(a) Periodic review shall occur at least every three (3) years.

(b) Periodic review shall include, but not be limited to, factors as evidence of:

1. quantifiable measurable effectiveness in the particular area of practice;

2. continuing professional development;

3. currency and scope of subject matter knowledge;

4. student and faculty feedback and feedback from employers of students; and

5. service to the department, college, and community.

(7)(5)(a) Each district board of trustees The college mayterminate dismiss an full-time faculty employee under continuing contract, or return the employee to an annual contract, for failure to meet post-award performance criteria, or, for cause in accodance with college policies and procedures upon recommendation by the president and approval by the board. The president or designee shall notify the full-time faculty employee in writing of the recommendation, and upon approval by the board, shall afford the full-time faculty employee with the right toformally challenge the action a hearing in accordance with the policies and procedures of the college. As an alternative to the hearing rights provided by college polices and procedures, the employee may elect to request an administrative hearing in accordance with the guidelines ofChapter 120, Florida Statutes, by filing a petition with the board within twenty-one (21) days of receipt of the recommendation of the president.

(b) The board may dismiss a full-time faculty employee under continuing contract upon Upon consolidation, reduction, or elimination of a community college program, insufficient teaching load or restriction of the required duties of a position by the board. The board may determine on the basis of the criteria set forth in subsections (1) and (2) and (3), which full-time faculty employees to retain should be retained on a continuing or annual contract and which shall be dismissed or returned to an annual contract. The decision of the board shall not be controlled by any previous contractual relationship. In the evaluation of these factors, the decision of the board shall be final.

(8) In addition, each college, after receiving input from the faculty, shall develop appropriate criteria to measure student success, which may include but shall not be limited to the following factors, as appropriate: (i) demonstrated or documented learning gains, (ii) course completion rates, (iii) graduation and/or certification rates, (iv) continued success in subsequent and additional courses or educational pursuits and (v) job placements in the appropriate field. Such factors selected by the individual college shall be used, as appropriate, for the particular field of learning and the individual faculty member, as consideration in determining whether to grant a continuing contract pursuant to (3) above. Such factors shall also be used, as appropriate, in the review set forth in (6) above.

(9)(6) Any full-time faculty employee holding a continuing contract who accepts an offer of annual employment in a capacity other than that in which the continuing contract was awarded may be granted an administrative leave of absence pursuant to the college’s administrative rules.

(10) Each Board may award multiple year contracts, annual contracts or contracts less than one year to full-time faculty employees. No multiple year contract may exceed three (3) years. Each board that awards multiple year contracts, annual contracts or contracts less than one year shall establish rules and policies concerning such contracts.

(11)In order to provide for a transition period for full-time faculty in the process for being considered for continuing contracts, each board may provide an exemption from the time requirements set forth in paragraph (2)(a) of this rule for faculty personnel being considered for an award of a continuing contracts during the 2012-13, 2013-14 and the 2014-15 fiscal year. In addition, each board shall provide credit for satisfactory years of service incurred prior for purposes of determining eligibility for a continuing contract.

Specific Authority 1001.02(1), (9). 1012.83, 1012.855 FS. Law Implemented 1012.83 FS. History–Formerly 6A-8.33, Repromulgated 12-19-74, Amended 12-9-75, 2-14-77, 12-26-77, 7-16-79, Formerly 6A-14.411, Amended 7-20-04,

From UFF: Post Election Report

posted Nov 27, 2012, 8:13 AM by Susan Marks

When we began analyzing the 2012 Elections, we heard nothing but dire predictions. We were up against an unbelievable funding disadvantage due to the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Citizens United. The Presidential election was not a shoe-in and pundits were positive that the Democratically controlled US Senate was doomed.

What a difference a day – and a lot of hard work - makes.

Although Florida Democrats were outspent four to one, we re-elected Bill Nelson to the U.S. Senate, picked up four congressional seats, and made historic gains in the Florida Legislature.

FEA’s goals were to strengthen the “fire-wall” in the Florida Senate, increase the Democratic margins in the Florida House, defeat Amendments 1,3, 5,  and 8 and retain the Florida Supreme Court  justices.

We succeeded.

One clear result from Tuesday’s election is the elimination of the Republican supermajority in the Florida Senate and House.  This means the Republicans no longer carry two-thirds of all votes. Picking up two seats in the Senate and five seats in the House bring the supermajority to an end:

2011 Florida House of Representatives

2013 Florida House of Representatives

Republicans

81

Republicans

76

Democrats

39

Democrats

44

 

2011 Florida Senate

2013 Florida Senate

Republicans

38

Republicans

36

Democrats

12

Democrats

14

In recent years, Republicans have been able to limit debate and pass controversial bills. This change may push more debate and deliberation about controversial bills. Further, many seats won by Republicans were won with much more narrow margins – a dynamic that may also give pause for those members to act in more moderate ways since each must run again in two years.

Republicans can still ramrod through any legislation sought but the consequences and costs for doing so may be higher. 

Why?  Due to redistricting, there is now a clear path to achieving a more balanced Florida House of Representatives. A least 12 seats currently held by Republicans could be won by Democrats in 2014.

Local referendums:

Locals had significant success and support for district school funding referendums:

·         Alachua  passed with 68% of the vote

·         Leon  passed with  76% of the vote

·         Miami  passed with 69% of the vote

·         Pinellas passed with 67% of the vote

·         Seminole  passed with 56% of the vote

·         Collier passed with 80% of the vote

·         Pasco  passed with 70% of the vote

Our track record:

  • FEA recommended 16 Congressional candidates in the General Election; 13 won their seats -- four were considered flip seats from Republican to Democrat.  The Florida Congressional Delegation went from an advantage of 19 Republicans/6 Democrats to 17 Republicans/10 Democrats (NOTE: Redistricting created 2 additional Congressional seats).  Florida Democrats accounted for about a fifth of all Democratic wins nationally.
  • FEA recommended 20 Florida Senate candidates in the General Election; 18 won their seats – two were considered flip seats from Republican to Democrat. The GOP spent millions in their unsuccessful attempt to defeat Maria Sachs, Joe Abruzzo, and Gwen Margolis.
  • FEA recommended 50 Florida House of Representative Candidates; 35 won their seats – four were considered flip seats from Republican to Democrat. In an amazing turn of events and pure determination, firefighter Mike Clelland is poised to defeat former incoming House Speaker Chris Dorworth.  The race heads for a recount this Sunday. Other surpise upsets include: FEA member Mark Danish who picked off Republican incumbent Shawn Harrison with the help of loyal and dogged support of his fellow Hillsborough CTA members, and Jose Javier Rodriguez’s defeat of former Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla
  • FEA formally opposed four of the 11 Constitutional Amendments – all four were defeated.

·         FEA recommended retention of all three Florida Supreme Court Judges –all three justices were retained despite being targeted by the right wing -- putting a stop to an unprecedented effort to hijack Florida’s highest court.

  • Despite Democrats being outspent, four incumbent Republican legislators were defeated.  Democrats have not seen a net gain in the state Senate since 1980. 

Our partners and the 2012 Ground Game:

Florida ran the strongest and largest ground game the state has ever seen.  Progressives dominated the I-4 Corridor winning every major state legislative race in Orlando and picking up nearly every one of the legislative and local races in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.

·         Voter registration: Democrats surpassed Republicans in voter registration, and out-registered the GOP with Hispanics and women – surpassing the GOP in registration.

·         Democrats cut the historical Republican absentee ballot advantage in half.

·         Democrats dominated early voting, winning every day of in person early voting by substantial margins.

Through coordination with the Labor Community through the AFL-CIO and the progressive community through America Votes, we did what at times seemed impossible.  Of course, we don’t have all the data compiled at this time, but our America Votes partners shared these preliminary numbers:

America Votes partners outlined five goals for the 2012 Election cycle.  They met and exceeded those goals:

 

  1. Carry FL electoral votes for President Obama by boosting turnout amongst segments of the electorate that America Votes (AV) partners are trusted messengers.

 

AV partners knocked on 1,302,158 doors and had 288,335 conversations at the door.  In a race that Obama leads by about 50K votes, it’s clear AV’s effort made a difference.  Thanks to AFSCME, FNM, SEIU, Fair Share Alliance, Mi Familia Vota and NCLR for doing the bulk of this work.

 

  1. End conservative super-majority in the state Senate by targeting three competitive state Senate races and winning two.

 

We picked up two seats, SD 14 and SD 34.  While SD 14 was put away early, AV still knocked on 178,393 doors (see below for more). AV partners also knocked on 81,287 doors in SD 34 doing specific persuasion and GOTV for Sachs.  AV’s ECO sent 8 pieces of persuasion mail (more than 400K pieces total) and two pieces of GOTV mail.

 

  1. Execute a Hispanic persuasion program in Orlando and Osceola counties and under 50 years old Cuban persuasion program in south Florida to build long-term voting patterns in these important and growing constituencies.

 

AV partners blanketed the Hispanic community in Orlando and Osceola counties.  Partners worked together to avoid duplication and maximize resources.  NCLR and Mi Familia Vota alone hit 71,000 doors in Orlando and Osceola.  In HD 112 in South Florida, Florida New Majority executed a canvass and mail program that targeted 20,000 Cubans under 50 years of age, regardless of party registration, that helped pull Jose Javier Rodriguez across the finish line.

 

  1. Maximize turnout in Congressional districts that layer with targeted state Senate districts and strategically important areas for the presidential campaigns. 

 

Nearly half a million of AV’s 1.3 million knocks took place in targeted Congressional districts that we won– CD 9, CD 18, CD 22 and CD 26.

 

  1. Minimize down ballot vote drop-off by communicating to voters the importance of the entire ballot.

 

AV mailed (with funding from FEA, AFSCME, SEIU, Planned Parenthood, and BISC) 440,000 pieces of mail to urge voters to vote no on Amendments 3, 5  and 8.  Partners also carried tens of thousands of pieces of various No on Amendment literature and Yes to retain our judges.  We won all of these important down ballot votes.

Looking ahead:

We’ve had significant victories to celebrate … but there is no time to rest on our laurels! We have much to accomplish in the next few months.  On the national level, the ‘lame duck’ Congress must address the impending funding crisis or face billions in cuts to education and other programs. The 2013 Legislative Session is just around the corner with new faces, new leadership, and new dynamics to maneuver through.   The Legislature will meet on November 20 in Organizational Session to set the stage for the March 5 start of Session.  Interim Committee meetings begin on December 3 and run through February – so time is short.   And then there’s VAM…

 

But before too much time passes, we each need to take time to think about the wins and the losses and begin planning now for victory in 2014.  

 

 

~Jeff

October Update

posted Oct 8, 2012, 10:57 AM by NCUFF Webmaster

As Fall Break approaches at New College, NCUFF looks back on a busy Mod.
  • Our bargaining team began their regular meetings with New College of Florida concerning our contract
  • We celebrated Labor Day together
  • We welcomed 2 new members
  • We settled into our new office Palmer C
  • We held our first NCUFF meeting of the Academic year
  • We now have a web-site thanks to Webmaster Carrie Beneš
  • We sent representatives to the UFF meeting in Tampa
  • We shared material at Division Meetings concerning GOTV
AND we once again arranged for four days of Free Coffee and Tea at the Four Winds

*Bring your NCUFF travel mug to get your free coffee or tea*
Wednesday October 24th, so you can stop by on your way to the NCUFF meeting.
Tuesday, December 4th
Thursday, February 14th
Monday, April 15th

Have a wonderful Fall Break!
See you October 24th at the Four Winds and at our next NCUFF meeting,

Susan

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