UFF-UCF in Chronicle of Higher Ed

UFF-UCF in Chronicle of Higher Ed

Shout out to Jack Stripling, Senior writer at the Chronicle, for writing “Spend, Build, Repeat!

“The faculty-union position is that we are not anywhere near the bottom of this,” said Scott Launier, president of the university’s chapter of the United Faculty of Florida. “We’ve known for years that we’ve been lied to about how much money there was to compensate and provide for faculty.”

Launier found a tongue-in-cheek reason to be upbeat about the unfolding story.

“Every year, the university has said, ‘We would like to give you more money, but we don’t have it,'” said Launier, a writing and rhetoric instructor. “It is nice that they have finally changed that narrative, and they have finally said, ‘We have the money, we just don’t want to give it to you.’ At least we’re having an honest conversation.”

Check out the whole article here!

 

Brevard Teachers Rallied for Competitive Pay

Brevard Teachers Rallied for Competitive Pay

Brevard County teachers, students, support staff, parents, firefighters, letter carriers, machinists, and community members rallied in front of the School Board of Brevard County in support of competitive wages for Brevard’s public schoolteachers and support staff. The board room filled up quickly, with both overflows being opened. People lined the walls and sat on the ground, and some people who came to the public meeting were even turned away.

Brevard’s teachers are above average in performance, second in experience in the state, yet are paid $1,103 below the state average. A spokesperson for the district cited security as a reason why teachers were not getting a competitive pay offer. “The idea that teachers should have to choose between a living wage and the safety of their classrooms is a shame,” said Vanessa Skipper, Vice President of the Brevard Federation of Teachers. All districts received the same FEFP funding from the state and many have already given their employees a raise that keeps up with inflation, and in many cases, exceeds it. “We passed the half cent tax to help with many aspects of school security. Not only has it added funds for this purpose, but the funds generated have come in at higher than expected. The idea that there isn’t money to give us a raise that is competitive with our contiguous and comparable counties is inaccurate,” said Anthony Colucci, President of the Brevard Federation of Teachers.

Florida Amendment 4, Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative Passes

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.