Adam Putnam joins campus carry fight: Republican candidate for governor sees “pathway to open carry”

Tallahassee Democrat

By James Call, July 18, 2017

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Tuesday students should be able to carry guns on campus.

Speaking at a National Guard Armory to mark his office’s expedited processing of 82,000 concealed weapons permit applications for guardsmen and reservists, Putnam said gun free zones are places where victims have no opportunity to defend themselves.

Proposals to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry firearms on college and university campuses have failed to gain traction in the Florida Legislature in the past two years.

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FAU’s proposed budget includes record athletics total


“Salaries are the largest increase among expenditures, increasing $1.34 million to $8.95 million. In December, FAU agreed to make Kiffin the highest paid coach in Conference USA at $950,000 per year and gave him a $1.7 million pool to fill out his staff.”

By Matthew DeFranks

From Sun Sentinel

June 9, 2017

Florida Atlantic’s athletic department will be budgeted more money during the 2017-18 academic year than ever before, according to the school’s proposed operating budget. FAU budgeted $29.33 million for its athletic department, up $2.23 million from last year’s proposed budget.

The proposed $2.23 million increase is the biggest one-year jump for the athletic department since the 2013-14 budget rose $2.69 million from 2012-13. The 2017-18 fiscal year begins in July and will include Lane Kiffin’s first season as the school’s football coach.

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The Higher-Education Crisis Is a Labor Crisis

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University Research and the Great Mistake

Inside Higher Ed.

April 13, 2017

Christopher Newfield

“Most important, universities need to embrace the public-good definition of research and higher education that turns private losses into public gains. Universities lose money on research in order to benefit the entire society. Since the whole state gains from a great medical center and museum and sociology department’s expertise on racial stratification, the whole state is legitimately asked to pay for it through taxes.
Universities have tried the soft privatization of revenues. That has failed to stabilize university finances and miseducated people about the nonmarket and social value of the university. Universities have also squandered the philosophical and social foundation of their public benefits and lost much general goodwill.”

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February 2017 UFF Senate Meeting

By Jennifer Proffitt, UFF President

Each spring, the many chapters of the UFF elect members to serve as senators. Every February and September, these leaders attend a statewide UFF meeting to determine the direction of our union and its finances as well as meet together in bargaining councils—university, college, graduate assistants and independent colleges—to discuss bargaining and other issues our constituencies face.

This year, we had three very special guest speakers in February—State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith, FEA Vice President Fedrick Ingram and Dr. Ibram Kendi, UFF-UF member and winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction for his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

Other actions of the Senate include:

  • A resolution opposing guns on campus.
  • A resolution opposing the restructuring of the Florida College System and performance funding metrics (as proposed in Senate Bills 002 & 374).
  • A statement in support of immigration and diversity in light of the recent executive order on immigration and travel restrictions.
  • A report from the Adjunct Task Force that included a resolution supporting SEIU’s efforts to organize adjuncts.
  • A report from the ad-hoc Incarceration Task Force that included a resolution that encourages UFF members to raise public awareness about the damaging effects of the prison industrial complex and encourages members to take action.

I would like to thank all of the members of the standing committees (Membership, Contract and Enforcement, Government Relations, and Diversity and Leadership) and the Adjunct Task Force, the Incarceration Task Force, and the subcommittee that is reviewing the UFF constitution and bylaws for their hard work and dedication to our union and the issues that affect all of us. I would also like to thank all of the senators who attended the meeting and took their role as representatives of their chapters very seriously by carefully considering the issues before them.

Union Family Bowling Event

Union Family Bowling Event

April 22 @ 12:30 pm3:30 pm


Did you miss out on the inaugural UFF-FAU bowling event last Fall?

UFF-FAU rolls again at Strikes of Boca ( on Saturday April 22 from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. Members are encouraged to bring their families and especially non-members who are eligible for union membership. Bowling, shoes, beer, pizza, and other snacks will be provided for all.

If you have any questions – please feel free to contact Ethan Fenichel at

WHERE: Strikes at Boca (21046 Commercial Trail Boca Raton, FL, 33486)
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 12:30 – 3:30 PM
WHO: You AND your family
WHY: To meet union members, have fun, and to bowl a strike

If you have any questions, please contact event organizer, Ethan Fenichel at or as always, Bob Zoeller, UFF-FAU President at

2016-17 AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey

The annual AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey is the largest independent source of data on full-time faculty salary and benefits at two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The 2017 iteration of the survey includes information on salary and benefits for more than 380,000 faculty members from 1,022 institutions in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The survey, along with the accompanying “Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession,” is published each year in the March–April issue of Academe, the AAUP’s magazine. Inside Higher Ed below presents these data in an easily searchable database.

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