Please read the statement drafted by the UFF Steering Committee in memory of George Floyd:
Well-deserved congratulations are in order for the following faculty members for having earned tenure. Well done!!
Benjamin Barrett – Dale Mabry Joel Lacivita – Ybor City
Emily Brown – Dale Mabry Kaleena Landry – Dale Mabry
Amanda De La Serna – Dale Mabry Steven Salengo – Dale Mabry
Angela Eward-Mangione – Brandon Peter Sleszynski – Plant City
Robert Farley – Dale Mabry Sherrie Slom – Brandon
John Frank – Dale Mabry Mary Watts – Dale Mabry
Sheila Hajari – Dale Mabry David Wingfield – Dale Mabry
Joseph Kitchens – Plant City
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FUSA congratulates the following faculty members on earning rank & promotion:
Misty Vorder Brueggee
Congratulations to the following faculty members and thank you for serving the faculty and the college. Your term officially begins August 1, 2020.
President: Elizabeth Key-Raimer
Vice-President: David Flanigan
Dale Mabry Council: Walt Ellis, Eric Fiske, Ken McCullough, Sharon Moran, Susan Pierce-Amaral, Janet Sibol, Sheryl Sippel, Rebecca Todd, John Whitlock
Ybor Council: Jeremy Bullian, Rick Gaspar, Judy Nolasco, Tom Tankersley
Brandon Council: Kristin Heathcock, Sami Kadamani, Janet Willman
Plant City Council: Charity Freeman, Teresa Galloway
SouthShore Council: Denise Bristol, Wendy Pogoda
UFF Senators: Jeremy Bullian, TaMetryce Collins, Charity Freeman, Teresa Galloway, John Hardin, Sami Kadamani, Theresa Lewis, Ken McCullough, Bryan Shuler, Rebecca Todd
FEA Delegates: Charlene Bell, Jeremy Bullian, Lorenzo Carswell, John Hardin, Tom Tankersley. Alternates: Eric Fiske, Theresa Lewis, Rebecca Todd
Remember, all faculty are welcome at FUSA meetings. Come and participate in your union!
The updated FUSA Bylaws are now posted to the Documents & Resources page.
Our next FUSA Council Meeting is scheduled for this Friday, February 28th, Ybor Faculty Building, YFAC 226 at 9am. All are invited to attend.
The next meeting will be March 27th, same location.
Update from UFF:
HR 1 will be heard by House State Affairs Committee tomorrow morning at 8am tomorrow (Feb 13) in Morris Hall (17HOB) This bill would prohibit automatic renewal of union memberships and require members to refile paperwork every year. This is union-busting pure and simple. Please do what you can to call/email or otherwise communicate with legislators to make your view known. We are joined in opposition by our Union brothers and sisters in all areas from State Employees to Pipefitters to First Responders. Email can be reached through each member’s webpage:
- Rep. Blaise Ingoglia (850)717-5035
(Republican-FL 35) Chair
- Rep. Scott Plakon (850)717- 5029
(Republican-FL 29) Vice Chair
- Rep. Chuck Clemons, Sr. (850)717- 5021
(Republican-FL 21) Member
- Rep. Nick DiCeglie (850)717- 5066
(Republican-FL 66) Member
- Rep. Brad Drake (850)717- 5005
(Republican-FL 5) Member
- Rep. Erin Grall (850)717- 5054
(Republican-FL 54) Member
- Rep. Dianne Hart (850)717- 5061
(Democratic-FL 61) Member
- Rep. Adam Hattersley (850)717- 5059
(Democratic-FL 59) Member
- Rep. Chris Latvala (850)717- 5067
(Republican-FL 67) Member
- Rep. Ralph Masullo (850)717- 5034 (R – 34)
- Rep. Stan McClain (850)717- 5023
(Republican-FL 23) Member
- Rep. Wengay Newton (850)717- 5070
(Democratic-FL 70) Member
- Rep. Bobby Payne (850)717- 5019
(Republican-FL 19) Member
- Rep. Pigman (850)717- 5055
(Republican-FL 55) Member
- Rep. Tina Polsky (850)717- 5081
(Democratic-FL 81) Member
- Rep. Holly Raschein (850)717- 5120
(Republican-FL 120) Member
- Rep. Anthony Rodriguez (850)717- 5118
(Republican-FL 118) Member
- Rep. Rick Roth (850)717- 5085
(Republican-FL 85) Member
- Rep. Emily Slosberg (850)717- 5091
(Democratic-FL 91) Member
- Rep. Clovis Watson, Jr. (850)717- 5020
(Democratic-FL 20) Member
- Rep. Ardian Zika (850)717- 5037
(Republican-FL 37) Member
- Rep. Bobby DuBose (850)717- 5094
(Democratic-FL 94) Ranking Minority Member
The latest update from UFF:
- A New Session and Another Anti-Union Bill in the House
- Senate Bill Would Exempt President Searches from Sunshine Laws
- Make Graduate Assistant Fee Waivers A Reality
Our next FUSA Council Meeting is scheduled for Friday, January 24th, Ybor Faculty Building, YFAC 226 at 9am.
All are invited to attend.
The next meeting will be February 28th, same location.
Currently these are the bills affecting higher education:
HB613/SB1402 – the general Higher Education bill. The House version contains a clause requiring a survey about “academic freedom” on campus. The Senate version does not. There are some good things in this bill, and we hope that the Senate version can prevail.
HB6001 – Guns on Campus. This is not yet agended in the House, and there is no companion bill in the Senate. Hopefully, it will go away.
HB819/SB120 – Fee relief for graduate students. We support this, as GAs regularly pay 20-30% of their stipends in fees. They should not have to pay to work. These fees inhibit our ability to invite the best and brightest, as, often, we cannot compete with stipends from other institutions. Hopefully, these will be heard in committee.
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