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

UFF-FAU Executive Committee, 2015-2016

Chapter President:  Robert Zoeller, Exercise Science,
First Vice President:  Meredith Mountford, Education Leadership
Second Vice President:  Ali Farazmand, Public Administration
Treasurer:  Shane Eason, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Secretary:  Leah Plocharczyk, Library, Jupiter
Past President:  Chris Robé, Communication and Multimedia Studies

Bargaining:  Susan Reilly, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Grievances/Contract Enforcement:  Tim Lenz, Political Science
Membership:  Chris Robé, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Political Action:  Deandre Poole, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Political Action:  LeaAnne Derigne, Social Work
Communication:  TBA

Robert Zoeller, Exercise Science
Deandre Poole, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Leah Plocharczyk, Library, Jupiter
Thomas Fernandez, Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Shane Eason, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Chris Robé, Communication and Multimedia Studies
Ali Farazmand, Public Administration
Daniela Popova, Mathematics
Sunil Babbar, Information Technology and Operations Management
Evan Bennett, History
Mercedes Palomino, Languages and Linguistics
Ramona Rendon, Languages and Linguistics
David Herst, Management
Meredith Mountford, Education Leadership