We wanted to update everyone in the Bargaining Unit. While we have requested a meeting with Interim Provost Mike Johnson to discuss our concerns about the spring return to campus policies, we have yet to hear from him. We have heard from many of you about your personal concerns and the anxiety these revised policies have had on members of the Bargaining Unit.
Because we consider the proposed new process to create unsafe working conditions for a substantial number of employees, we have filed a Chapter Grievance alleging that UCF is in violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). We will withdraw this grievance filed on your behalf should the UCF administration, in a timely manner, rescind and revise these policies with faculty feedback, with consideration of CDC guidelines and scientific evidence, and without violation of the CBA.
We ask the administration – to take seriously the significant health risks during the ongoing pandemic and what these risks mean for all employees and their loved ones. We understand the ground is continually shifting because the objectives of state lawmakers and those of the universities are at times at odds. We nonetheless hope that at this critical moment UCF administration will listen to the faculty and act with the wellbeing of all of us in mind.
Grievance Chair, UFF-UCF
I know there is a lot of anxiety currently with the Covid-19 policies and the shifting nature of the pandemic and how our various institutions are responding to it.
You might be asking yourself what you can do? Here are some items to consider.
The Faculty Survey
The Faculty Senate launched a new survey. It closes out tomorrow Tuesday 20th of October at 8pm. I encourage you to to fill this survey out if you have not already. Let’s support the Faculty Senate’s efforts in tracking and voicing your concerns about Covid-19 policies.
Welcome to the Faculty Senate COVID-19 Campus Safety Survey.
By filling out this new survey, you play a critical role in helping plan how UCF will continue to stay safe in the coming spring semester. We realize that many decisions have already been made related to how UCF will function during the next semester(s), but many other decisions will be forthcoming in which faculty can continue to provide a voice. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.
Here’s the link: https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0NiZwBpKrNeFSZv
Board of Trustees Meeting Thursday October 22
You can attend the BOT meeting this Thursday there will be a 15 minute period of public comments, we hope some of those comments will address these concerns. Public comments are at the beginning of the meeting, the third item, please check the agenda.
United Faculty of Florida has launched a petition drive to address the return to campus for the spring. Please look over the petition and consider signing it and sharing it on social media and with people in your personal network. You can find links to the petition at the UFF-UCF website.
The AFT Trauma Counseling Program
I alerted you to the following Counseling program in an email update at the beginning of the month, please check it out if you feel you qualify and make be in need of assistance.
I want to bring your attention to the AFT Trauma Counseling Program. I was alerted to this program for all eligible members who might wish to get counseling or therapy related trauma related to the pressures or stress of COVID. You can learn more about the program here.
If you are UFF member you are also a AFT member so if you are interested in the program it is available to you.
Did You Know?
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