CHAPTER COUNCIL MEETING
Friday, August 28th, 10:30-12:00
Lunch provided to officers, senators, and visitors (who RSVP to Caroline Guardino)
NEW UNF FACULTY
If you wish to personally welcome any of our newest colleagues, click New Faculty Email Roster for email addresses.
The fight to keep guns off of the campuses of Florida’s public universities and colleges continues. Florida Carry, Inc., a group with close ties to the NRA and ALEC, is pushing the issue in the Florida Legislature and in the courts. On July 14th, the First District Court of Appeals heard arguments in Florida Carry, Inc. vs. University of Florida, Case # 1D14-4614. In Tallahassee the gun lobby continues to grease the skids to promote its agenda: Senator Greg Evers (R-Pensacola) and Representative Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) have respectively filed a renewed effort via SB 68 and HB 4001 for the upcoming legislative session. Even though legislators during the last session heard overwhelming opposition from campus and municipal police; university professors, administrators, and students; and the vast majority of the general public in the last legislative session, the gun lobby tenaciously presses on.
As a chapter, UNF-UFF is joining with other UFF chapters, the statewide organization, The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, and the Florida League of Women Voters to fight this misguided initiative.
To learn more about the issue and how to fight to keep guns off of Florida’s public campuses, click HERE.
UNF-UFF President John White Answers Questions About Compression & Inversion Model
Click HERE to read question and response
UFF Family Fun Day
Our first ever end-of-year UFF Family Fun Day was a great success. Members and nonmembers alike enjoyed great barbeque, canoeing, games, and the ropes course. Attached are some photos of the event.
Click HERE for more photos from the event
Christie Joins Ranks of Republican Party Primary Union-Bashers (again)
Teachers Unions “Deserve a Punch in the Face”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently sought attention by singling out teachers’ unions as worthy of violence and destruction. In an effort to portray himself as a tough union-buster a la Scott Walker and to fuel a rise out of the bottom-dwellers of Republican presidential hopefuls, Christie recently called teachers’ unions the “single most destructive force in public education.” Christie claimed that teachers’ unions care nothing for students but care solely about higher wages and benefits for themselves. Forgetting that virtually all members of teachers’ unions chose to pursue low-paying and often derided careers working with children, Christie also ignored the oft-stated actual goals of the NEA and AFT: that America needs to invest heavily in creating a strong educational system, that we need to diminish the role of standardized testing and scripted curricula, that we need smaller classrooms, and that the poorly disguised move to privatize education is dangerous to all American students.
The scariest issue here revolves not around Christie’s vacuous claims but rather on the fact that he represents the views of an increasingly large, misinformed, and wealthy right wing. Read more HERE.
When Teaching Becomes a Crime
A proposed Kansas bill would make it easy for educators to face jail time for showing “harmful materials.” Lawmakers say they are only trying to protect students, but are they really trying to discredit public school educators?
Click HERE to read full article. Read an article in The Atlantic about parents and students increasing desire to avoid new or potentially controversial ideas on college campuses. Also see satire of this and similar actions in The Onion
Law Defines Professors as Management
(and thus not eligible for collective bargaining)
Full-time faculty members at Ohio public institutions are objecting to proposed legislation with big implications for their right to organize unions. Tucked deep into a 3,090-page budget bill pending before the state’s House Finance Committee is language that would reclassify professors who participate in virtually anything other than teaching and research as supervisors or managers, and therefore exempt from collective bargaining. So serving on a committee, for example, turns a professor into a manager.
For the entire text of the article, click HERE.
Outstanding Faculty Service Award, 2014-2015
Dr. Susan Perez
UNF-UFF Vice President & Associate Professor of Psychology
In addition to her many and ongoing service contributions to UNF, Susan has been an essential part of our faculty’s union. Currently serving as our chapter’s vice president, she has this year alone led the bargaining team (recently completing nine month’s worth of negotiations on a three-year contract), served as a union-administration liaison and as grievance co-counsel, and has been a writer and/or editor of virtually all UNF-UFF communications with faculty. She is very deserving of this recognition!