Dear Members, I have two important announcements. If you are interested in one or both please follow up. We can only be a stronger union if we have members who are engaged and active in initiatives like these.
UFF Organizing Fellows Program
UFF is continuing their Organizing Fellows Program to help reach out to potential new members. Fellows will work from June 1-August 31 for 10 hours a week. Fellows will be paid $20 an hour for this work throughout the summer.
To apply to the program please go to the Fellows Application Link: https://forms.gle/4hF1dSvij6mJeaLP9
For any questions, please email Lauren Byers (firstname.lastname@example.org) and get your application in today!
Stewards Program Initiative
Your leadership team will launch a Stewards Program in the fall. We will be looking for members to volunteer to be a local liaison or point person for the union in each unit/division across campus. What this means is that we will have a designated person in each department, school, and division that can answer questions, communicate with you locally, and assist in keeping members engaged and informed throughout the year.
To provide more information and answer questions about the Stewards Program we will be hosting a Stewards Virtual Town Hall on June 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
I want to send this brief email out to all bargaining unit members to alert you that the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that staff at the Valencia College West FEMA site are vaccinating UCF faculty.
According to the article, “The federal COVID-19 vaccination site at the Valencia College West Campus in Orlando appears to have given vaccines to university professors if they showed their faculty ID card, according to a faculty member who received one.”
I don’t know if and how much of this is official but I thought this information is valuable to us as college and university faculty were left off the recent decision by the Governor and other state leaders to vaccinate us along with K-12 faculty.
I cannot confirm how long this will last but the article ends with this cautionary statement, “Regarding that site, FEMA spokesman Marty Bahamonde said the agency is looking into the claims, adding that the site and others should be following state and federal guidelines.”
According to the article and union members who have personally confirmed in email and texts to me that they have been successfully vaccinating at this site with only a UCF ID.
Valencia College, West Campus
1800 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811
Directions to Valencia West Campus are here.
One of our members Joe Henderson lost his wife recently. We ask you to keep his family in her thoughts and prayers during this time. If you knew Joe and wish to attend the funeral service it is on March 5 at 12pm at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 North Park Ave,
Winter Park, FL 32789. https://www.degusipefuneralhome.com/obituaries/Deborah-Henderson-2/#!/Obituary
I want to send out this quick message to those of you close to retirement. I want to alert you to the Transition-to-Retirement Program (T2RP). This is a benefit everyone in the Bargaining Unit enjoys; you don’t have to be a union member. Information about the program is here. And the form to apply for the program is here.
September 14, 2020
We Remember Patricia B. Angley
It is with regret that I announce that one of our dearest members, colleague and friend has passed away. She was a loyal and supportive union member and served on Council for many years. She was invaluable to her colleagues in the English Department and mentored numerous students at UCF. We ask that you keep Pat in your thoughts and hearts during this difficult time. The College of Arts and Humanities has created an In Memoriam page to remember her. At the bottom there is information for you to share a video memory or donate to a scholarship fund in her name.
Your Bargaining team, led by Yovanna Pindea, has a bargaining session on September 16 from 1:30pm-3:30pm. The session is on Zoom and you can get the details by emailing Briannis Weston. Let’s come out and show our support for our bargaining team. For the latest on Bargaining please visit your UFF-UCF webpage.
We will be communicating with you regularly on the latest with the union. On our webpage under Events you will see notices of important meetings. This Thursday September 17, from 2pm-4pm we will have our first Council meeting of the semester, you can find the details there. We are currently updating the website so be sure to regularly check it out as well as join our Facebook group if you are a member to receive up to date information.