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.

In Solidarity,

Robert Cassanello
President, UFF-UCF

Claudia Schippert
Grievance Chair, UFF-UCF