Urgent Action needed on HB 835 & SB 84

Action item #1
We have less than 24 hours to take action. HB 835 will be heard in the House State Administration and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. EDT. We must join together and stand up to those who would try to divide us. Tell members of the State Administration and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee to reject big government overreach and to vote no on HB 835.

Action item #2
Whether you are in your first year of teaching, in DROP, or somewhere in between, your long-term future depends on a healthy Florida Retirement System. Senate Bill 84 would close the pension system to new education hires as of July 1, 2022, effectively destabilizing and threatening the health of the system. This isn’t a new concept. Lawmakers have been chipping away at your retirement for years. This bill could be heard as soon as Wednesday, so make sure you send your message as soon as possible. Don’t let lawmakers take away your hard-earned retirement. Tell them to VOTE NO on SB 84!

Please make your voices heard and pass this on to your colleagues and friends.

UFF call to action: legislative session week of 3/22

Help fight for your rights as educators by contacting your state senator and representative regarding the latest bills being pushed through the Florida Legislature. These harmful bills contain numerous provisions that take away educators’ freedom.

Urgent action is needed on the companion bills SB 1014 / HB 835 and the UFF Legislative Toolkit makes it easy to learn more and take action (included are bill overviews, talking points, letter templates and more).

UFF Legislative Toolkit:

Learn more about SB 1014 / HB 835:

Please take action and pass this info on to others!

Call to action – Please take note of these legislative updates!

This year is a very busy year for anti-union bills in the FL Legislature. Next year is an election year so they are cramming a lot in this year. Some of them are “zombie” bills that show up each legislative session. Some are outright blatant in their attempt to undermine union power, collective bargaining, and the pension system in the state. We need all members to get involved. 

Note: our parent union, United Faculty of Florida (UFF), is an issue-based, not party-affiliated union. They will work with both sides of the aisle to protect education interests and union interests in FL. Likewise, our legislators need to hear from union members regardless of their party affiliation (or no affiliation).

UFF has provided a 5 page PDF on the various anti-union legislation going through committees and coming to the floor. It is looking very bad for a number of them. Please review the PDF for details:

Here is a step-by-step PDF on how you can get involved by tracking bills and contacting your legislators:

More helpful information from UFF

From UFF — Urgent action: Defend your Union

Senate Bill 78 is part of a national push by billionaire-funded think tanks to make the unionization process needlessly complicated and to suppress union membership. If passed, the legislation would put administration in charge of the membership process for the first time in Florida’s history and prevent union members from automatically renewing their membership, endangering your union protection.

Leadership in the Florida Senate is pushing this union-busting legislation in the middle of a pandemic. This legislation not only sets a dangerous precedent, but it is also an insult to the working people keeping Florida functioning (like educators and first responders, who oppose this move).

Call your senator and tell them to vote no on SB 78. (Simple “I oppose Senate bill 78” messages are the most effective.)
Click here to look up your state senator.

Grievance filed

On January 29, 2021, the FUSA Council met and voted unanimously to file a Class-Action Grievance. Please see the message sent to faculty by FUSA President Elizabeth Key-Raimer on Feb. 9th for background information on this decision.

Over the next several months, FUSA and the Administration will work through the grievance process as outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article 11). We will send updates to faculty on progress and meeting dates when scheduled. Information will also be shared on the website.

Please reach out to your campus FUSA representatives with any questions. You may also submit questions through the FUSA website.