Legislative ACTION ALERT April 15, 2019

600px-Simple_Alert.svgContact the House Education Committee members and urge a NO vote on HB 7115. UFF Opposes HB 7115 Public Records and Meetings: Postsecondary Education Executive Search

The United Faculty of Florida (UFF) represents 23,000 faculty members at twelve public universities, fourteen FCS colleges, St. Leo University and graduate assistants employed at FAMU, FSU, UF and USF.

The House Education Committee will consider HB 7115 at its committee meeting tomorrow, April 16th, beginning at 1:30 P.M. in Reed Hall (102 House Office Building). The bill does the following:

  • Creates an exemption from Florida’s public records and open meetings laws for any personal identifying information of an applicant for state university or Florida College System (FCS) institution president or provost;
  • Keeps applicant names secret and outside the Sunshine Laws;
  • Exempts the applicant’s name from public disclosure in records or during meetings held for the purpose of vetting applicants;
  • Requires the release of the finalist list no later than 30 days before the date of the meeting at which a final action or vote is to be taken.

Floridians have a right to know why these candidates were chosen over others.

Secrecy is not in the best interest of our universities and colleges, especially when it comes to choosing the leadership. The people of the state of Florida—especially students and their parents—deserve the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent and how major decisions that affect these public institutions are made. To quote Barbara Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation: “To shield the selection process from public oversight and accountability is, we believe, bad public policy.” (2015)

The UFF Senate voted unanimously to oppose this legislation. Most Florida newspapers have historically been in opposition.

VOTE NO on HB 7115!


FUSA Election Results for 2019-20

Congratulations to the following faculty memebers and thank you for serving the faculty and the college. Your term officially begins August 1, 2019.

Brandon Representatives — Alex Ambrioso, Kristin Heathcock, Sami Kadamani

Dale Mabry Representatives — Walt Ellis, Craig Johnson, Ken McCullough, Sharon Moran, Susan Pierce-Amaral, Janet Sibol, Sherry Sippel, John Whitlock, Robert Yanez

Plant City Representatives — Charity Freeman, Teresa Galloway

Southshore Representatives — Denise Bristol, Wendy Pogoda

Ybor Representatives – Cheryl Borman, Jeremy Bullian, Rick Gaspar, Tom Tankersley

UFF Senators – Lou Bonavita, Denise Bristol, Jeremy Bullian, Charity Freeman, Teresa Galloway, Timothy Griffin, Sami Kadamani, Ken McCullough, Bryan Shuler, Robert Yanez.

Remember, all faculty are welcome at FUSA meetings. Come and participate in your union!

Election time! Vote at Spring Inservice

It’s time to vote for your FUSA Council Representatives and UFF Senators. Voting will take place this Thursday morning at Dale Mabry Campus during our Spring In-Service. You may cast your ballot beginning 7:30a. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.


Bargaining alert!

The next bargaining session between FUSA and the administration will be on 3/29 @ 9:30am, YSSB 309.

Faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend all bargaining sessions.

See you there!


Bargaining Session Alert

The next bargaining session between FUSA and the administration will be on 3/1 @ 9:30am, YSSB 309.

There will be two concurrent bargaining workshops slated immediately following the bargaining session. The workshops will focus on incorporating recent developments regarding the textbook affordability committee and academic reorganization, respectively, into contract language.

Faculty are welcome to attend all bargaining sessions. See you there!


Contract negotiations notice and schedule

The College and FUSA will meet for contract negotiations on the following dates at the Ybor City Campus, 1320 E. Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 in the Student Services Building, YSSB room 309.

  • Friday, February 15, 2019, 9:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Friday, April 12, 2019, 9:30AM – 12:00PM
  • Friday, April 26, 2019, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Please find the see the official FUSA Contract Negotiations notice released by the College.