Important Bargaining Update: WE ARE CLOSE!
The UFF and Administration Bargaining Teams are very close to reaching tentative agreement (TA) on the remaining articles. The session on Wednesday, February 18 went well and both sides are very hopeful that we might sign tentative agreements on the remaining articles at our next session. Due to extenuating circumstances, the administrative team’s lead (Leonard Carson) is unable to meet during the time scheduled for this week (Wednesday February 25). We hope to meet the following Wednesday (March 4) at the same time in the CPDT Conference Room (1/1306). If we can reach agreement at the next session, we will have a tenative CBA for ratification shortly thereafter.
To see articles that both with which both sides have tentatively agreed (TA’d articles), click here.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: GUNS ON CAMPUS
On Monday, February 16th, the State Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted along party lines to move the Guns on Campus bill forward following a similar move in the State House (read more about the current state of the bill HERE). The bill has strong backing from the National Rifle Association and a group called Students for Concealed Carry. In content and form, the bill largely mirrors the model legislation created by and advocated for by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Most recently and possibly most egregiously, the bill’s sponsors–after having received much criticism on the ramifications of the bill–have now started arguing that the bill is meant to protect female students from would-be attackers (citing the number of sex offenders within an arbitrary radius of campuses). Having already capitalized on an irrational fear of mass shootings on campuses, the bill’s proponents are now using threats of sexual violence against women to promote their bill (disregarding the wealth of evidence showing that handguns are far more often used against their owners–including women–than for protecting their owners).
We are still hopeful that valid data and sensibility will win out over the empty rhetoric of the gun lobby when the bill comes to the respective education subcommittees. However, opponents to the bill should take no chances. To that end, our union chapter, most of our sister chapters, and the statewide organization have each passed resolutions opposing this bill and have roundly condemned the bill’s rationale to the bill’s sponsors, to appropriate legislative subcommittees, and to local and state press organizations. UNF recently expressed its concerns regarding this bill on First Coast Connect. For more information on the union’s position on the bill, see what FSU’s Union President wrote for the NEA Advocate.
We encourage all concerned faculty to voice their concerns regarding these bills (HB 4007 and SB 176) to their state senator and state house representative. Click HERE to find your representative and to get information on how to contact them.
The UNF-UFF Resolution:
Be it resolved that we, the Chapter Council of the United Faculty of Florida at the University of North Florida, oppose proposed legislation that would allow concealed weapons on university campuses. We support the arguments and evidence suggesting that an increase in deadly firearms on campus will not enhance the safety of our students, faculty, or staff because of the potential increase in collateral damage, accidental shootings, and confusion regarding who the aggressor is in a given situation.
OTHER LEGISLATIVE NEWS:
The Senate Higher Education Committee voted to support a bill that would provide exemptions to Florida’s Sunshine Law as it pertains to president, provost and dean searches 7-2. The next Committee stop in the Senate is the Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee. You can find a list of Committee members here.
UFF Statewide Elections & UNF Chapter Elections
The United Faculty of Florida will be holding its statewide officer elections this spring (there are two candidates for President and two for Vice President). Ballots and candidate information will be mailed to UFF members in March.
The UNF-UFF Chapter will soon post a call for nominations for chapter officers (each of which serves for a one year term). We will be accepting nominations for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Senators. Elections will take place in March.
Click Candidate Statements to learn more.
UNF-CUPA Salary Comparisons
Click UNF – CUPA Faculty Salaries Comparisons for the Budget Advisory Committee’s findings and recommendations based upon examinations of UNF faculty salaries. Bringing UNF faculty salaries up to the CUPA averages is one of our chapter’s primary goals.
This link describes our position regarding a number of areas under negotiation.