UFF-UNF Endorses Statement of Unity
The UNF Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida affirms our commitment to the values and ideas expressed in the UNF Statement of Unity, which was passed as a resolution of the UNF Faculty Association on March 2, 2017
UNF Statement of Unity
UNF stands in unity and solidarity with all members of our community, regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or country of origin. We are proud of the diversity in our students, faculty and staff.
We strongly condemn acts of hate and bigotry as antithetical to the university’s core values of mutual respect and civility. Actions and words that seek to deny human beings full membership in the broader moral community on the basis of arbitrary characteristics are intolerable. We stand opposed to violence in language or in action, and we see these as a threat to the mission of UNF as a public university that is committed to intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness.
We pledge to stand with and for those who are the most vulnerable members of our community and to take actions that help our students and fellow employees feel safe and know that they are safe. We affirm UNF’s unreserved commitment to student success within a diverse, supportive campus culture. We seek to embody the ideals of a free and democratic society, and we fully support and value each member of our community.
Message from UFF President Rebecca Marcon, 10/23/2017
Here is where things stand with bargaining as we enter the tenth week of the fall semester.
- Your faculty team is ready and has been ready since August to bargain. They worked throughout the summer to review and revise as needed each section of the contract and develop new proposals such as family leave.
- Your faculty team accepted the very earliest bargaining date (September 1) offered by the Board of Trustees (BOT) bargaining team. We presented a number of proposals but received none from the BOT team including no proposed salary increase. At the end of the session (which can be viewed at http://unf-uff.org/) the faculty team made multiple attempts to schedule the next bargaining session but the BOT team was not ready to do so.
- Your faculty team has been trying for the past 7 weeks to schedule a second bargaining session but the BOT team has not accepted any of the five dates we offered (10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1) nor have they indicated when they would be willing to return to the bargaining table.
As President of the United Faculty of Florida chapter this greatly concerns me because faculty want to negotiate, are ready to negotiate, have blocked off time to negotiate, and have repeatedly asked to negotiate with the BOT team. With Florida law requiring sufficient notice for scheduling a public meeting it looks like the bargaining session we had hoped to have this Friday is now also off the table. Two Friday holidays in November and notice that the BOT team is not available on November 17, leaves us with just two remaining dates (11/3 and 12/1) to bargain this semester. Your faculty team will show up and we hope that you will, too.
Bargaining Session from September 1, 2017
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k33sOsQLjs .
Click the link above to watch the full September 1 bargaining session. Seeing how this process unfolds can be helpful to know just how the UFF-UNF chapter works on behalf of all faculty at the University of North Florida.
Your UNF-UFF Chapter
The UNF chapter of the United Faculty of Florida represents all UNF tenure-line faculty, Instructors & Lecturers, and Visiting Professors on all labor-related contract negotiations (roughly 600 full-time faculty). With the exception of faculty currently holding administrative posts and adjuncts, all UNF faculty are considered “in unit” and are covered under the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiated by our chapter and university administration. Only active members of the union, however, receive additional union-related benefits (including union representation in the grievance/arbitration processes). Join Here