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Welcome to the Florida International University Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida. UFF-FIU provides many services to it members. Follow the links in the menu on the left to access contract information, application forms and contact information for the officers.

Recent News

Recent Events

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Professors as the New Contract Workers

The Labor Center / UFF Luncheon Series Workshop continues on Thursday, April 9, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. in LC 110. Abdolrahim Javadadzadeh, Ph.D. will discuss "Professors as the New Contract Workers."

Randi Weingarten at MDC

A Conversation with the President of AFT

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, holds a conversation with local education union l eaders at Miami Dade College Thursday, April 9, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Room 6120 at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus 11011 SW 104th St, Miami, FL 33176.

Members in the News

A few members of UFF-FIU have been in the news lately.

FSU Presidential Search

Florida State University's presidential search advisory committee hired a new head hunter, Alberto Pimentel, and set a new deadline of September 2, 2014 for accepting applications.

In the original search, faculty and students cried foul when only one candidate, John Thrasher, a term-limited Florida State Senator, was the only candidate presented to the advisory committee by the original consultant, William Funk prompting a vote of no-confidence in Mr. Funk by the FSU Faculty Senate.

FSU faculty and students demand that their president be an individual with strong academic credentials. John Thrasher has never worked in a university. They also point out that the 27-member search panel needs more than four professors and three students.

UFF-FSU President Jennifer Proffitt notes: "I think there is a fundamental question to be asked he re: is this truly a university or is it a multifaceted corporation that happens to teach some classes? If it is truly a university, and I think we all agree it should be, there is nothing more fundamental to a university than faculty to teach and to research and students to teach and to research, and these two groups remain woefully underrepresented."

Online Teaching: Workshop #3

FIU's Collective Bargaining Agreement & Online Teaching: Implications for Faculty Work Assignments, Work Conditions, Evaluations/Promotions & Salaries

Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Place: Graham Center 271A, MMC Campus

Open Forum for All Faculty, Staff, Administrators & Students

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Official Tally of Vote of Approval on MOU

The Memorandum concerns the Tenure and Promotion (T&) process.

YES VOTES 38
NO VOTES 41

Gender Equity Report

This study on gender equity at FIU was commissioned by the United Faculty of Florida at FIU as a follow up to concerns about the issue voiced by faculty focus group participants during a study that examined Quality of Worklife at FIU. The union commissioned the Research Institute on Social & Economic Policy of the Center for Labor Research & Studies to analyze the most basic indicators of gender equity, numbers of men and women and salaries paid to men and women members of the faculty. The analysis of these factors is based on 2010-11 data provided by FIU’s office of Academic Affairs. In addition, RISEP conducted an on-line survey to elicit a wider range of perceptions and concerns about gender equity among faculty members. 382 FIU faculty members responded to the survey.

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Florida Legislature Teach-in

The power point presentation about the 2012 Florida Legislative Session is available for download, for those who could not attend the teach-in. Power Point Presentation

The presentation has a reference to Rick Scott's Legislative Preview, which is included here.

Recent Events

Event Date Location
EC Monthly MeetingFriday, September 8, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMLC 309 (MMC)
Board of Trustees MeetingThursday, September 7, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PMGC Ballroom (MMC)
EC Special MeetingFriday, August 25, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMLC 309 (MMC)
EC MeetingFriday, July 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMLC 309 (MMC)
EC MeetingFriday, May 26, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PMLC 309 (MMC)

How FIU Spends Its Money

2014 Version of the Report

This report analyzes the trends in Florida International University (FIU) expenditures on faculty and faculty salaries compared to expenditures on administration and administrators' salaries for the years 2004 through 2013. Previous reports were produced in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011. This report extends the analysis of FIU's expenditures with data available in October 2013, including faculty salaries through the 2013-2014 academic year. This report supports previous findings that FIU is experiencing administrative bloat, expanding the resources of administration at the expense of instruction, research and service.

  • Download the 2014 report in MS Word format.

Address to the BOT

United Faculty of Florida, UFF, represents the faculty and librarians of FIU.

The new numbers show the same trend that the first numbers did - even though, as the Provost said, the increase was not as steep as the first numbers showed. There has been a steady shift of money and personnel away from academic programs at FIU and into administrative overhead.

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Letter to the Unit

The voice of the faculty of Florida International University was heard by the FIU administration, and perhaps equally important, by the FIU Board of Trustees!

Our message, articulated in the UFF Reports “How FIU Spends Its Money,” was loud and clear: no more program closures until administrative overhead is brought under control.

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Report on how FIU spends its money

Dear Bargaining Unit Members,

The UFF Teach-in on How FIU Spends Its Money went very well today. If you were unable to attend, the report is attached. We are disseminating this information because we think it is important for all FIU faculty to understand our administration's priorities, especially within the context of the ongoing budget crisis.

What our reports show is that the FIU administration has been shifting personnel and resources away from the faculty who do the teaching, research, and service that constitute the University’s mission. No matter how conservatively we analyze the data, the University has been increasing both the total numbers (98.6% over a 6 year period) and total salaries (106.1% over that period) of administrators relative to faculty (.5%; 10.7% respectively). Even when tuition and student fees increased by 57.7% funds have been steered away from students and those who are directly responsible for the academic mission of this University.

I urge you to read this report carefully. As we approach the difficult process of reorganization, program closures, and potential layoffs, please keep in mind that the FIU administration could make different choices in the face of budget shortfalls that do no more harm to the academic infrastructure and mission of this University.

Please feel free to email Teresa Lucas or Bruce Nissen for further information or questions regarding this report.

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Contact Us

Chapter President Eric Dwyer
Grievance Chairperson Lauren Christos
Treasurer For information about the UFF-FIU budget, please contact Delano Gray

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[last updated: February 26 2016]