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Resolutions passed at the February 2017 UFF Senate Meeting

The semiannual UFF Senate Meeting was held on the weekend of Feb 18/19 at the Altamonte Springs Hilton. At the meeting, the following four resolutions were passed by the UFF Senate.     1. Support of Immigration and Diversity In … Continue reading

Posted on February 20, 2017 [View Article]

Response to Pulse nightclub incident

Read the statement below from UFF-UCF President Scott Launier on the 6/12 tragedy at the Pulse nightclub. As president of the United Faculty of Florida at UCF, I wish to express my condolences to all UCF faculty, staff and students, … Continue reading

Posted on June 15, 2016 [View Article]

New Resolution About the “Guns on Campus” Bill

The following email was sent out to the bargaining unit on March 28, 2015. It concerns another UFF-UCF resolution about the “Guns on Campus” bill (SB 176/HB 4005) currently being considered by our state Legislature. (UPDATE! March 29th: Yet another … Continue reading

Posted on March 28, 2015 [View Article]

Two UFF-UCF Council Resolutions on Current Issues

The following email was sent to the Bargaining Unit on March 3rd, 2015, from chapter president Jim Gilkeson. The resolutions mentioned below are available here: Resolution on Firearm-related bills Resolution on academic freedom and donor dictation Dear Colleagues, At our … Continue reading

Posted on March 3, 2015 [View Article]

UFF-UCF chapter award from FEA

The Florida Education Association’s annual Delegate Assembly was held in Orlando this past October. UFF-UCF’s delegates were in attendance, and were pleasantly surprised to be called up on stage to accept FEA’s “2014 Gold Membership Award” on behalf of our … Continue reading

Posted on November 18, 2014 [View Article]

Settlement of the 2012 Summer Pay dispute, with FAQ

  Dear Colleague: Good news!  Your faculty Union (UFF) succeeded in reaching a settlement with UCF about pay due to faculty who taught summer study abroad courses. UCF will now issue back pay to employees who taught Study Abroad in … Continue reading

Posted on October 4, 2013 [View Article]

FYI – Link to the state appropriations bill’s text on pay raises

For your information, here are links to the appropriations bill that was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor. The bill was Senate Bill 1500. You can find the bill (as well as all the laws that were … Continue reading

Posted on June 19, 2013 [View Article]

Deal through AFT for Term Life Insurance

Have you been thinking about life insurance? AFT, one of UFF’s parent unions, has negotiated a deal with Met Life on term life insurance. Of course, only UFF members are eligible! You can check out the details from this flyer … Continue reading

Posted on December 9, 2012 [View Article]

Register and vote

The president of UFF, Tom Auxter, has written a (non-partisan!) article that discusses the need for us all to vote in the upcoming election. Note that in Florida the deadline to register to vote is October 9! That’s not very … Continue reading

Posted on September 26, 2012 [View Article]

Fall 2012 Update

As we begin a new academic year, the UCF chapter of the United Faculty of Florida extends a warm welcome to everyone. Please check out a letter from our chapter president, Shelley Park, that describes upcoming events, the current state … Continue reading

Posted on September 3, 2012 [View Article]

Support of Candidates

UFF-UCF supports the candidacies of both Democratic candidates–Shayan Elahi and Joe Saunders–for Florida House, District 49. Both UCF alumni have campaign platforms that support, as we do, improved funding for public education, competitive wages for faculty, and equitable, affordable access … Continue reading

Posted on August 10, 2012 [View Article]

FSU President: Budget Cuts Making Faculty a ‘Farm Team’ for Out-of-State Schools

By The Associated Press, Herald-Tribune / Monday, June 25, 2012 By BILL KACZOR TALLAHASSEE — The head of Florida State University told Gov. Rick Scott’s higher education reform panel Monday that budget cuts are making his faculty a “farm team” … Continue reading

Posted on June 27, 2012 [View Article]

High Cost of Being Cheap: Faculty Exodus

Published Tuesday, June 26, 2012 How much does being cheap cost? Florida State University is already finding out, even before the Legislature’s $300 million cut to higher education and less-than-expected tuition increases take effect for 2012-13. FSU president Eric Barron … Continue reading

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Scott’s Approach to Higher Ed Reform Challenged

By Lloyd Dunkelberger Tallahassee bureau Published: Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 9:49 p.m. TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s influence over Florida’s state colleges and universities is growing as more of his appointees begin to dominate the boards that run those … Continue reading

Posted on June 26, 2012 [View Article]

High Court Lets Cuba Travel Ban for Professors Stand for Professors

By Mary Ellen Klas Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a controversial Florida law that restricts state colleges and universities from traveling to Cuba and other “terrorist states,” despite indications last year that the court … Continue reading

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New Poll Data: 3 out of 4 Americans Feel Higher Education Should Be a Right.

June 25, 2012 Carnegie Corporation Calls for Renewed Commitment in Higher Education On the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, Carnegie Corporation of New York released a new national poll which indicates the majority of Americans believe … Continue reading

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Florida Takes Low Road on Higher Education

Editorial Tampa Bay Times Published Friday, June 22, 2012 The sorry spectacle of Florida’s Board of Governors haggling over tuition increases like used car salesmen was sobering. It showed just how much damage Gov. Rick Scott’s pinched view of higher … Continue reading

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Tuition Hikes Urged by Florida State Universities Wrestling with Loss of Funding

By John Kennedy Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau TALLAHASSEE — With Gov. Rick Scott still fighting tuition hikes, Florida’s 11 public universities may be forced to wheel-and-deal next week when they go before the higher education system’s Board of Governors. … Continue reading

Posted on June 14, 2012 [View Article]

Task Force Gets Report on Higher Ed Challenges

By BRENT KALLESTAD Associated Press Published: Monday, June 11, 2012 at 6:29 p.m. Two veteran faculty members cautioned a newly formed task force on Monday against changing the state’s higher education system simply because a businessman – in this case, … Continue reading

Posted on June 13, 2012 [View Article]

Higher Education Task Force Hears Raising Tuition Could be Tough

A task force studying the future of Florida’s state university system indicated Monday that it may become more difficult to get money from the state or to raise tuition so that schools here are on par with the national average. … Continue reading

Posted on June 12, 2012 [View Article]

Florida Higher Education Task Force Holds First Meeting

The leader of a new task force to examine higher education said at the panel’s first meeting that it shouldn’t try to “reinvent the wheel” amid a multi-pronged attempted to overhaul the network of state universities. But a topic that … Continue reading

Posted on May 31, 2012 [View Article]

Details Make Florida Polytech Look Even Worse

From the Tampa Bay Times, 24 May 2012 The folly of immediately creating a new public university to satisfy one powerful state lawmaker was obvious enough when the Legislature approved it and Gov. Rick Scott signed off. Now terrible public … Continue reading

Posted on May 24, 2012 [View Article]

Florida Universities Rank High in Presidential Pay

By Scott Travis, Sun Sentinel, May 21, 2012 Florida’s universities trail the nation when it comes to state funding and academic rankings, but they do score high in one area: pay for their top leaders. The median pay for presidents … Continue reading

Posted on May 22, 2012 [View Article]

An Unrealistic Business Plan

May 7, 2012 – 3:00am By: Gary Rhoades The Committee for Economic Development’s (CED) new report, “Boosting Postsecondary Education Performance,” was not written in the spirit of Warren Buffett. Nor of Paul Volcker. More’s the pity. For if the report’s … Continue reading

Posted on May 8, 2012 [View Article]

Chopping Higher Education

By TBO.COM | Staff Published: May 08, 2012 Updated: May 08, 2012 – 12:00 AM There always is debate about what should be done to attract new businesses and bolster economic development. But one investment has consistently proved its ability … Continue reading

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2012 Florida State Legislature Preliminary Report

Read a preliminary report of the activities of the 2012 Florida state legislature here.

Posted on May 7, 2012 [View Article]

As Governor Scott’s Gatekeeper Exerts Control, Heads Roll

Miami Herald, May 5, 2012 By Mary Ellen Klas Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau Steve MacNamara, the ultimate insider, is the man to see if you want the ear of Gov. Scott. Not all of Scott’s supporters are pleased with that. TALLAHASSEE … Continue reading

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Governor Rick Scott’s Biggest Failure: His Chief of Staff

Miami Herald, May 7, 2012 By Marc Caputo Rick Scott’s biggest failure as governor has a name: Steve MacNamara. An at-times ethically challenged Tallahassee insider, MacNamara was hired by the neophyte governor as his chief of staff to avoid … Continue reading

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Governor Scott’s Veto Letter for HB 7129

Read the letter Governor Scott wrote about is decision to veto HB 7129 which would have allowed some state universities to raise tuition.

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Critics Say Haphazard, Politically Driven University System Hampers Florida

By Lloyd Dunkelberger, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Saturday, April 28, 2012 In 1980, a powerful state senator decided his hometown university needed a football stadium. As Senate president, he inserted the provision into the budget bill. But the governor rejected plan, noting … Continue reading

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Governor Scott Creates Blue Ribbon Task Force To Evaluate State University System

Tallahassee, Fla.—With the executive charge to accelerate reform of the State University System, Governor Rick Scott today created the Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform. “The state has a vested interest in ensuring its higher education system … Continue reading

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Federal Judge Throws Out Scott’s Drug-Testing Order

A federal judge in Miami has ruled that an executive order by Gov. Rick Scott requiring that state employees submit to random drug testing is unconstitutional, striking down one of Scott’s biggest campaign promises and setting the state for a … Continue reading

Posted on April 26, 2012 [View Article]

State employees to see more retirement cuts on July 1

The retirement plans of about 100,000 Florida employees are about to change, after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law that allows employers to reduce the amount they pay into a 401-K type retirement plan. But as Sascha Cordner … Continue reading

Posted on April 25, 2012 [View Article]

Scott Approves Bill Creating Florida Polytechnic University

By Kim Wilmath, Times Staff Writer In Print: Saturday, April 21, 2012 Florida has its 12th public university. As the state’s other universities are about to see their coffers drained by hundreds of millions of dollars, Gov. Rick Scott on … Continue reading

Posted on April 24, 2012 [View Article]

Governor Scott Signs Contribution Reduction to ORP

Form the Tampa Bay Times Among the bills Scott signed Friday was HB 5005, a bill that reduces contributions to the retirement accounts of more than 100,000 state workers who are enrolled in 401(k)-like investment plans as an alternative to … Continue reading

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Funding Cuts in Florida Cut Route to 21st Century

by Mary Ellen Flannery The first victims of the Florida legislature’s wicked $300 million cuts to higher education appear to be students in the flagship university’s highly acclaimed computer science department. What, Florida legislators? You figure you won’t need computer … Continue reading

Posted on April 19, 2012 [View Article]

UF Students form Human Chain to Protest Computer Science Cuts

By Nathan Crabbe Staff writer Published: Monday, April 16, 2012 at 1:37 p.m. University of Florida students formed a human chain Monday around the computer and information science and engineering department, protesting a budget-cutting plan that event organizers said would … Continue reading

Posted on April 18, 2012 [View Article]

Statements Related to Governor’s Action on the State Budget

BOARD OF GOVERNORS CHAIR DEAN COLSON OF MIAMI: The Board of Governors recognizes there are real and abiding budget challenges that the State is facing. While this budget represents less direct funding for the universities, we appreciate the stated commitment … Continue reading

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Governor Scott Signs 2012-2013 Budget

To: Board of Governors From: Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor Date: April 17, 2012 Re: Governor signs 2012-13 budget Today, the Governor signed the 2012-13 General Appropriations Act and vetoed $142.7 million from the state budget. Only one issue in the … Continue reading

Posted on April 17, 2012 [View Article]

Florida Council of 100 Letters to Governor Scott

The Florida Council of 100 wrote two letters to Governor Scott concerning SB 1994 and HB 7129 both of which pertain directly to higher education. The first letter focuses on Senate Bill 1994, which would immediately create an independent Florida … Continue reading

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End of Session Legislative Report

Before the 2012 legislative session, leaders of the House and Senate, as well as the Governor, warned that higher education faced severe budget cuts this year. They also called for a transformation of the structure and curriculum of public universities … Continue reading

Posted on April 12, 2012 [View Article]

Graham Lambasts “Political Assault on Higher Education”

Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham called Tuesday for a veto of $300 million in cuts to the state university system, arguing that the University of Florida’s role in attracting the software company MindTree Limited to Gainesville showed … Continue reading

Posted on April 4, 2012 [View Article]

Center for the Future of Higher Education Releases First Policy Report

Hundreds of thousands of students across the U.S. are losing the chance to get a college degree—and even more are at risk in coming years, according to the first report from the think tank associated with the Campaign for the … Continue reading

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Retirement Could Change Again

Tallahassee Democrat 04/03/2012, Page A01 Retirement could change again New proposal would ‘equalize’ plans by cutting payments to investment plans By Bill Cotterell Florida Capital Bureau Gov. Rick Scott wants government workers to buy into the kind of personal investment … Continue reading

Posted on April 3, 2012 [View Article]

More Changes to Retirement Plans of Some State Workers Could be Coming

By Steve Bousquet, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Published Thursday, March 29, 2012 TALLAHASSEE — On the last day of the 2012 session, state lawmakers voted to reduce contributions to the retirement accounts of 100,000 public employees, many of whom work in … Continue reading

Posted on April 1, 2012 [View Article]

OUR OPINION: Veto Candidates Offer Gov. Scott a Chance to Send Reform Message

By The Miami Herald Editorial Gov. Rick Scott might need more than one pen if he were to veto every bad bill the Legislature passed, many of which were approved in the closing days when lawmakers have neither the … Continue reading

Posted on March 22, 2012 [View Article]

Pension Case Headed Directly to Florida Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — In another setback to Gov. Rick Scott and the other defendants, and another victory for Florida’s public workers, the First District Court of Appeal has granted the Florida Education Association’s request that last week’s pension decision be certified … Continue reading

Posted on March 19, 2012 [View Article]

Florida Justices Will Hear University Tuition Dispute

The Associated Press Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 11:24 a.m. TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court will decide who can set tuition and fees at state universities. The justices unanimously agreed Thursday to take an appeal of a lower … Continue reading

Posted on March 16, 2012 [View Article]

Ruling from the Florida Pension Case

Read the full ruling on the Florida pension case here.

Posted on March 15, 2012 [View Article]

Judge Rules Florida Pension Changes Unconstitutional

By Mary Ellen Klas, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau Published Tuesday, March 6, 2012 TALLAHASSEE – Leon County Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford ruled against the state of Florida on Tuesday, declaring unconstitutional a 2011 law that cut state worker salaries 3 … Continue reading

Posted on March 12, 2012 [View Article]

Oppose $400 million in Cuts for the State Universities

The $400 million in cuts for state universities that is proposed by the Senate Budget Committee will have devastating effects on Florida’s economy and on the ability of students to earn much higher salaries in the future. A New York … Continue reading

Posted on February 22, 2012 [View Article]

Invest in Higher Education: Talking Points for Florida Legislators – 2012 Session

Here are some talking to use when speaking with your state legislators about higher education. 1. Investing in higher education is the fastest and strongest way to leave a recession. When people are unemployed, they need access to higher education … Continue reading

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Florida Set for New Cut in Spending on Colleges

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ Published: February 20, 2012 The New York Times Florida lawmakers contend that education is essential to high-wage jobs in the state, but the Legislature is again expected to slash millions of dollars from the budget for higher … Continue reading

Posted on February 20, 2012 [View Article]

Lawsuit Update: Pension Case Ruling to be Made February 24, 2012

Leon Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford has announced that she will conduct a hearing on the afternoon of Friday, February 24, 2012, to issue her ruling in the case challenging the changes to the pension laws. She will also hear post-decision … Continue reading

Posted on February 17, 2012 [View Article]