Dear UFF Members,

Florida politicians who don’t believe in science are putting politics before public safety. Instead of keeping our most vulnerable communities safe and healthy, Florida’s Governor is trying to prohibit mask mandates and threatening to defund schools implementing protective measures in the classroom. At UFF we believe that the power of collective action is what makes us strong, so on August 16th, we encourage you to express your power by joining with your union siblings around the state to demand action from state leaders. If we adopt common sense measures like masking and encouraging vaccinations, we can and will bring joy back to our campuses.

Join our Higher Ed Day of Action on Monday, August 16th to urge our Governor to follow the CDC guidelines, help keep our campus communities safe this fall, and implement universal masking indoors.

1. CALL THE GOVERNOR (850) 717-9337 

“Hello, My name is  ___________. I am a Florida resident and I’m calling to urge Governor DeSantis to implement CDC recommendations, including masking indoors, at Florida’s College and University campuses. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and campus communities are vital to our states’ future.”

2. Attend UFF Power Hours Monday, Aug. 16th

Take action with UFF members across the state

10:00 – 11:00am: Register here:

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Register here:

In addition to taking collective action, we have released a statement to the press and sent a letter directly to Governor DeSantis, the Board of Governors, and the Board of Education on this subject. Don’t lose hope! Make your voices heard! By joining in this Day of Action, you, our members, can use your power to sway public policy and ensure that your friends, family, colleagues, and students remain safe as, together, we weather this next wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Solidarity,

Andrew Gothard, UFF President
Caitlin Gille, UFF First Vice President

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