Gun Safety Summit

From UFF News & Views September 2015

By Jennifer Proffitt, UFF President

On August 13, the League of Women Voters of Florida and the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus sponsored a Gun Safety Summit, held at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. I was one of the keynote speakers, along with the Honorable Patricia Schroeder; Dr. Marjorie Sanfillippo, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Psychology at Eckerd College, who spoke about mental health and the college student; Dr. Eric Smaw, Professor of Philosophy at Rollins College; Angela Gallo, Legislative Chair of the PTA of Florida; Penny Villegas, founder of the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College; James Coffin, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida; and members of the sponsoring organizations. Continue reading

Farewell? Continue the Struggle to the End!

From UFF News & Views September 2015

By Tom Auxter, Past President UFF

We have come a long way in the 14 years I have been statewide president. I am grateful for the trust members placed in me as we set out on a decidedly perilous journey in 2001.

Most of all, I am grateful to the strong union activists who created a movement out of a threat to our existence, instead of relying on lawyers to reverse the action or simply giving up when the odds were not in our favor. All of us poured our energy into this struggle. It took every one of us doing everything we could to pull it off. Continue reading