Florida Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative Passes

 Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative passed with 63% of the vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Florida was one of four state permanently denying voting rights of convicted felons. The victory means more than 1 million people will regain the right to vote.

UFF-UCF President Scott Launier is a producer of “Let My People Vote” a documentary following Desmond Meade as he leads the largest voting rights movement in America since the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. 

Desmond has repaid his debt to society for a drug conviction over a decade ago. Desmond has earned a Juris Doctor degree since parole and Desmond still can’t vote, and is barred from practicing law in the state of Florida.

The amendment was officially supported by Desmond’s Floridians for a Fair Democracy, which gathered more than 1.1 million petitions to put it on the ballot. 

LLI Graduates Johanna Lopez and Maribel Cordero Both Win

Two graduates of Latino Leadership Institute’s Electoral Activism and Leadership Academy, Maribel Cordero for Orange County Commission District 4, and Johanna Lopez for Orange County School Board District 2 have made history and won their perspective races.

Johanna Lopez, a long-time teacher and mentor, received over 60% of the vote for a decisive victory over David Grimm. Johanna campaigned on accountability for for-profit charter schools, less testing in schools, and equatable representation of students in a District that is over 40% Latinx. The installation ceremony is Monday, November 26, 2018 at 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM at 445 W Amelia St, Orlando, Florida 32801.

Maribel Cordero narrowly defeated Susan Makowski, long-time aide of County Commissioner Jennifer Thompson. On November 12th Makowski notified the Supervisor of Elections to discontinue the recount, solidifying Cordero’s win. Cordero campaigned on smart growth, public safety, jobs, and support for seniors.  

Latino Leadership Institute’s Electoral Activism and Leadership Academy is series of workshops and seminars for Latinx leaders interested in running for office. Students learn about campaign management, fundraising, branding, and more. Applications for the spring are opening soon.

Collective Bargaining Update as of October 25th 2018

Dear Colleagues:

Our union spoke directly to the Board of Trustees (BOT) on September 27th about bargaining in good faith and in a timely manner. Our UFF team consistently has offered reasonable proposals designed to improve our working conditions at UCF, including contract language about benefits, leaves, promotion and tenure procedures, summer appointments, and awards. Click below to view an accurate local newscast about this issue:

What has the BOT team’s response been? They have proposed eliminating nine articles from our contract, which include travel, office space, parking and maintenance of our benefits. The language that the BOT team did add often was punitive or would reduce faculty rights or eliminate written criteria. Meanwhile, in an attempt to circumvent collective bargaining, the university continues to pass regulations and policies that must be bargained.

Our current contract negotiations should have concluded before August 8, 2018. How can we get a fair contract that makes UCF a better university – one that values faculty and does not overload them with work, to the detriment of our students? Here are three steps to take:

1. View the above newscast and share it widely with your colleagues, friends, neighbors, and UCF alumni.

2. Participate in our next bargaining session on Tuesday, October 30th, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in 395 Millican Hall.

3. Join the United Faculty of Florida. We are the collective voice of our faculty and the newscast explains why our membership is at a record high. Download our membership form.


John E. Fauth, Chief Contract Negotiator (Biology)

Yovanna Pineda (History)

John Raible (Center for Distributed Learning)

Lee E. Ross (Criminal Justice)

Nick Shrubsole (Philosophy)

United Faculty of Florida

UCF Chapter Council