Update from our LLI NYC partner

Update from our LLI NYC partner



January 19, 2019 – The New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) announces the sponsors and schedule for the NYC Debate Program for the 2019 Public Advocate special election which will be held on February 26.

Both debates for the Public Advocate special election will be sponsored and broadcast by Spectrum News NY1. The following co-sponsors will join with NY1 in producing the debates: POLITICO New York, Citizens Union, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Latino Leadership Institute, The League of Women Voters of the City of New York, NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council, and East Kings County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Any candidate who participates in the matching funds program is required to participate in each debate for which they are eligible. The Debate Program, launched in 1997, calls for two debates prior to each citywide election to provide voters with the opportunity to compare candidates side-by-side. This is the first time since the CFB was established in 1988 that the city has held a special election for a citywide office.

First Debate: February 6 starting at 7 p.m.

  • To be eligible to participate in this debate, candidates must:
    • have raised and spent $56,938 (1.25% of the expenditure limit for Public Advocate) as reflected in the campaign finance disclosure statement which must be filed with the CFB by midnight Friday, January 25;
    • be on the ballot as of the date of the debate and meet all other minimum criteria under the Campaign Finance Act.

Second “leading contenders” Debate: February 20 starting at 7 p.m. 

  • To be eligible to participate in this debate, candidates must:
    • have raised and spent $170,813 (3.75% of the expenditure limit for Public Advocate) as reflected in the campaign finance disclosure statement which must be filed with the CFB by midnight on Friday, February 15;
    • have received an endorsement from a City, State, or federal elected official who represents all or a potion of New York City; OR
    • have received an endorsement from one or more membership organizations with a membership of over 250 members residing in New York City;
    • be on the ballot as of the date of the debate and meet all other minimum criteria under the Campaign Finance Act.

Both debates will be televised by Spectrum News NY1 and simulcast by NYC-TV. The debates will be streamed live for free on the NY1 website and on the NY1 Facebook page. 

“We are very excited to announce that NY1, Politico, Citizens Union, and their partners will host the historic debates for the Public Advocate special election. The Debate Program is a critical part of New York City’s public matching funds program that empowers New Yorkers to take ownership of our elections and our government. On behalf of the Board, I want to thank all of the sponsors for their commitment to our city and to producing smart engaging debates that will help voters cast an informed ballot on Election Day,” said Frederick Schaffer, Chair, NYC Campaign Finance Board.

“[Quote],” said Anthony Proia, Senior Director of News at Spectrum News NY1 and Spectrum Noticias NY1.

“[Quote],” said David Giambusso, POLITICO New York.

“[Quote],” said Betsy Gotbaum, Executive Director of Citizens Union

“[Quote],”  said Jaime Estades, Founder and President of the Latino Leadership Institute

“[Quote],”  said Crystal Joseph, Vice President, League of Women Voters of the City of New York.  

“[Quote],”  said Douglas Israel, Borough of Manhattan Community College

“For 106 years, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has been committed to social justice and tirelessly works to promote civic engagement and voter education. The East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta SigmaTheta Sorority, Inc. is excited to be a co-partner with NY1 for the Public Advocate debates and empower voters to make an informed decision when going to the polls in February for this very important election” said Judith Joseph Jenkins, President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., East Kings County Alumnae Chapter.

“For 110 years the NAACP has been proud to participate in the voter education process, by providing opportunities for communities to know and understand the candidates seeking election, through the debate process. An educated voter, is a knowledgeable and powerful voter,”  said Kenneth D. Cohen, Regional Director, NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council

The program is a core component of NYC Votes, the CFB’s nonpartisan voter engagement campaign.The CFB administers the Debate Program, and individual debates are sponsored by media outlets, civic groups, and academic institutions in order to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible. The Board selected the sponsors after a thorough, competitive process. 

NYC Votes is the nonpartisan voter engagement initiative of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) and its Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC). In addition to promoting voter registration, participation, and civic engagement in New York City through its many programs and partnerships, NYC Votes sponsors the city’s official Debate Program and produces the citywide Voter Guide.


UCF VP for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity:  Feedback Needed!

UCF VP for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity: Feedback Needed!

Four finalists for UCF’s new Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity are on campus next week to meet the campus community.

Each candidate will give a presentation at an open forum held at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center in the grand ballroom. The new vice president will lead and organize an infrastructure to foster community engagement, develop partnerships to bring about transformative change and identify and support target areas to maximize inclusive excellence at UCF. The vice president will develop an institutional framework for equity, inclusion and diversity that supports the university’s mission and strategic plan, ensuring the pillars of equity, inclusion and diversity are embedded at all levels.

More information on the finalists – including forum times and links for web casts, candidate details and forum feedback – can be found below. Your feedback is important to this process. Surveys should be completed within 24 hours of each forum.

Dr. Gregory J. Vincent
Forum: Tuesday, January 22, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/vCfJ34kQqZ4
Candidate info: https://diversity.ucf.edu/files/2019/01/Vincent-Gregory-Resume_Redacted.pdf
Feedback: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01EYifPmUSFobPL

Sheree M. Ohen
Forum: Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/cDZ7sHDSUS8
Candidate info: https://diversity.ucf.edu/files/2019/01/Ohen-Sheree-Resume-Redacted.pdf
Feedback: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cuSFiQq6hh5HUZ7

Dr. Carlos Medina
Forum: Thursday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/IInsWE9dRsc
Candidate info: https://diversity.ucf.edu/files/2019/01/Medina-Carlos-Resume_Redacted.pdf
Feedback: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_egSC2vo0ow7P17T

Monica Díaz
Forum: Friday, January 25, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/wQLxcJha6aM
Candidate info: https://diversity.ucf.edu/files/2019/01/Diaz-Monica-Resume_Redacted.pdf
Feedback: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8jNzhLe7iPst9d3

More information about the position and the candidates can be found at https://diversity.ucf.edu/ucf-hiring-vp-for-equity-inclusion-diversity/

Bargaining Update, Dec. 13 2018

Bargaining Update, Dec. 13 2018

Today the UFF and BOT teams made significant progress, tentatively agreeing on eight articles, including nondiscrimination, employee performance evaluations, tenure, and promotion procedure.

UFF-UCF had several wins! We introduced new language in our contract that allows instructors and lecturers to have a say in creating and voting on their own evaluation standards (AESPs). The UFF team also successfully fought back against the BOT’s proposed language to relegate annual evaluations to “supervisor’s judgement” and this language has now been stricken from our tentative agreement, along with other proposed language that may hurt our faculty!

We discussed and are coming closer to an agreement on salaries. BOT team presented a proposal and we offered a counter proposal. We will continue to negotiate salaries on Wednesday afternoon, December 19, 2018 (Time and location TBA). Please check us out on Facebook and our website (uffucf.org) for Upcoming Time and Location!

Jobs with Justice Art Auction and Awards Gala

Jobs with Justice Art Auction and Awards Gala

Celebrate with UFF-UCF members, leaders, and community partners at the 2018 Jobs with Justice Art Auction and Awards Gala!

Tuesday, December 11
7:30 – 10:00pm
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N Forest Ave, Orlando FL 32803

We have limited tickets available to UFF-UCF Members plus one guest, each a $50 value!

Contact Scott Launier at President@UFFUCF.org for more information and to inquire about tickets.

Toy Drive!

Toy Drive!

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is hosting a Toy Drive with the toys going to children of farm workers. You can deliver the toys and party with union members at the Central Florida AFL-CIO party on Wednesday, December 12 from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Unite HERE office on 1255 La Quinta Drive, Orlando, FL 32809.

If you would like to donate toys, participate in a wrapping party, or even help with delivery, contact Scott Launier at President@UFFUCF.org.

LCLAA is one of our AFL-CIO partners, and you can learn more about their organization and membership (dues are only $25 per year) to support their work here: https://www.lclaa.org/.

For more about the Central Florida LCLAA chapter: http://centralflorida.lclaa.org/

Fall 2018 Consultation with the Provost

December 5, 2018
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Millican Hall 395

UFF-UCF 2018 Fall Consultation Agenda

  • PDL applications should not be held up waiting for a dean’s signature
  • Faculty need a paper-based option for evaluations when serving on committees such as promotions, awards and tenure. There is much research that increased screen-reading time negatively impacts eye health. Also, faculty should receive all applications at one time, not one at a time as they come in.
  • Office space expectations and problems related to moving downtown
  • How are students in the summer ACCESS program being placed into courses? Is it true that students are randomly enrolled in classes based on alphabetical order of last names? Is it true that students in the ACCESS program do not get to choose the courses in which they enroll? What is the process by which students enroll in summer courses when they are in the ACCESS program, and is this a process that can or should improve?
  • HR should align language and practices with the CBA. For example—paid parental should not be a memo of understanding nor indicate it requires dean’s approval
  • Departments being grossly overcharged for alterations to labs, etc.
  • Update: Making UCF a more diverse and inclusive campus—how are we doing and what are next steps?
  • Culture of toxic work environments in pockets across the university:
    • management harassment; gender discrimination; micro-aggression; paternalism; cultural miscommunication
    • employee mistreatment; retaliation/fear of retaliation for using or standing up for contract rights