Faculty speak to the Board — the sequel

FUSA’s second Call to Action was another successful show of solidarity! After rescheduling due to the Hurricane Ian closure, the HCC Board of Trustees met on Thursday, Oct. 6th at the District offices on Davis Islands. Nearly 20 faculty showed up on short notice. Eight faculty members addressed the board and another 17 provided written statements. Please find these statements attached below.

In addition, the Tampa Bay Times is covering the impasse along with recent Creative Loafing reporting on the impasse.

In case you missed it, we also posted the statements from FUSA’s initial call to action and photos.

GOTV — Get Out The Vote!

This election will be monumental in its impact on the future of higher education in Florida. Not only is there a Senate race on the ballot but the governorship as well. It is imperative that we encourage all members, faculty, friends, students, and family to register and then vote this coming November. To that end we have some information to share with you.

United Faculty of Florida believes in supporting pro-public education, pro-public employee candidates up and down the ballot. Pro-Education leadership in our state would have an immediate impact on all campuses across Florida, with a change in the Board of Governors and appointed Board of Trustees of our colleges and universities.

Prioritizing pro-education candidates in all down ballot races will aid in changing the face of the Florida Legislature, which has dealt some hard hits to our education system in FL, both higher ed and K-12.

Things you can do & share with your classes

Information for you and your friends and family

Things FUSA is doing

  • Providing a conduit of communication between UFF & local members
  • Communicating voting & election information to members
  • Reaching out to membership to correct registration issues
  • Organizing local GOTV activities

If you have any questions, or would like to know how to get involved, feel free to Contact Us.

Faculty Statements to HCC Board of Trustees

As reported on this FUSA blog, the recent Call To Action at the August board meeting was a big success. Approximately 70 faculty showed up to represent you and packed the boardroom and halls of the first floor of District, with ten faculty speaking directly to the board members regarding the impasse over economics.

FUSA’s collective actions are working. And while bargaining has not resumed, FUSA will keep the pressure on Administration to return to the table to negotiate a fair, good faith agreement on economics. We can use your help, too.

Below are the statements delivered at the August 24, 2022 Board meeting. If you would like to prepare and send your own statement, feel free to email the Board of Trustees directly: trustees [at] hccfl.edu.

Enjoy your Labor Day. You deserve it!

September 5, Labor day – Observed the first Monday in September, Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century, when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.

Read more on the History of Labor Day from the Dept. of Labor.

You may also find these links illuminating:

FUSA Council meeting Aug 26, 9am

The first FUSA meeting of the 2022-23 academic year will take place 9am Friday, 8/26 at the Ybor Campus in YLRC 305. All faculty are welcome to attend.

BOT meeting turnout on 8/24

We had a great FUSA turnout at the 8/24 Board of Trustees meeting. Upwards of 70 members packed the board room and hallway–a strong show of solidarity in support of your faculty rights. Ten members spoke directly to the board, calling attention to economics and the value of faculty.

FL. Educators and Students File Suit Over HB 7 (Stop WOKE Act)

From UFF President, Andrew Gothard: “I am thrilled to share that [on 8/18/22], the ACLU, ACLU of Florida, Legal Defense Fund (LDF), and Ballard Spahr filed suit against the State of Florida challenging HB 7, a law otherwise known as the “Stop W.O.K.E.” act. UFF has been supporting this lawsuit from the beginning, and we are very pleased to see that three of the plaintiffs are local UFF leaders and members. This challenge rises in addition to another ongoing suit against HB 7 which features yet another UFF leader as lead plaintiff. In short, know that your union colleagues across the state are on the front lines of the fight for our campus freedoms. The United Faculty of Florida will provide ongoing support for these fights in whatever ways we can, while we continue our own legal challenge of HB 233, Florida’s “Viewpoint Discrimination” law.”

Read the ACLU Florida press release
Read the full HB 7 complaint