Our Mission

COVID19 ACTION

Our Act Now Team is about being informed, flexible, and proactive to obtain positive outcomes for our members. Currently, we are impact bargaining two memorandum of understanding statements: the first addresses COVID19 and the economic crisis and the second addresses the Hostile Work Culture at UCF. We began impact bargaining these two MoUs on June 30, 2020.

Our Act Now Team is committed to maintaining the productive and efficient operation of the University in a safe and healthy environment. Since COVID’s outbreak in February, the UFF bargaining chair requested the general counsel to be fully transparent in its communication about our response to COVID.  We have used Zoom, emails, phone and webinars to stay in touch with our members and state, national, and community partners. Given that our Team is hard at work, we are not always on social media, but please feel free to check in with us!

Our first agreement, MoU COVID with the UCF Board of Trustees, was tentatively agreed upon on April 30, 2020 and ratified on May 29, 2020 by 98% of our bargaining unit voters. In addition to this MoU, our team's request in the first proposal dated April 6, 2020,
"Current parking permits that were purchased for one full year for the 2019-2020 academic year shall be extended through December 31, 2020," was recently accepted by the administration.

To read our proposals and get up-to-date news, please go to our chapter  website:  https://www.uffucf.org/ 

 

Our summer COVID MOU: 

https://www.uffucf.org/2020/05/06/ucf-and-uff-ucf-sign-a-covid-impact-agreement/

Successful Bargaining

Successful, strong bargaining requires listening to our members, understanding the social, economic, and political environment and conditions around us, and responding rapidly and flexibly to constant change. The Act Now team works with our members to understand the issues affecting them. The language for the bargaining team’s proposals comes directly from the input of our union members. The UFF team sitting at the table represents the common interests and concerns of faculty and professional employees. Since COVID lockdowns began, our Act Now team has released two surveys to help us bargain for you at the table. The first survey was related to COVID and the second to more general concerns in our current contract. We heard from 71 and 42 members, respectively. In addition, the team has heard from different groups and individuals suffering racism, sexism and other discriminatory practices that create a hostile work environment at UCF. We work closely with them to seek redress and, in case they fear retaliation, we respect their desire to remain anonymous.

 

Although our Union faces numerous challenges from the administration and the state, we always approach both in a respectful and professional manner at the bargaining table.  Mutual respect between the two parties that both face pressures in their own way makes for more favorable outcomes in negotiations. In the past six months, we have found common ground on supporting our tenure-track faculty with tenure clock extensions by negotiating and listening to one another in good faith. As a result, both the UFF and internal BOT team have agreed to weekly or biweekly sessions to discuss contract language changes that can help reduce stress from COVID and improve work conditions. For more information please contact Bargaining Team members Marie Leticee ladyzouk@gmail.com, Iryna Malendevych imal15@hotmail.com, or Yovanna Pineda yovannaypineda@gmail.com 

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