If you want to be more involved in making and implementing UFF-FSU policy, advancing faculty interests, influencing UFF decision-making at the statewide level, or protecting the integrity of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, we suggest that you pursue being a steward and/or a member of the Executive Council.
Stewards serve as key communication links between the UFF members in an academic unit (e.g. an academic department) and UFF-FSU leadership. In addition to assisting with recruiting members and assisting with UFF-FSU elections in their units, stewards make themselves available to members who might have questions, for instance, about an interpretation of the CBA or a potentially grievable offense. Stewards are not expected to have all the answers, but they can direct members to people who should be able to help.
Although some stewards are also members of the Executive Council, many are not, and the steward program provides an easy way for individuals to become involved with UFF with a minimal time commitment. Typically, we are able to provide a small stipend to stewards who attend training sessions in the Fall and Spring semesters and who write a report at the end of the Spring semester in which they detail their activities over the past year. Stewards are appointed by the Membership Chair subject to approval by the Executive Council.
The Executive Council (EC) is the central policy-making organ of UFF-FSU. The EC meets monthly in meetings that are announced and open to all UFF-FSU members. As is elaborated in the UFF-FSU Bylaws, the Executive Council consists of
- Two vice-presidents
- Chairs of standing committees
- Collective Bargaining
- Academic Affairs
- Government Relations
- Past president
- UFF Senators (chapter representatives to the semi-annual statewide UFF meeting usually held in Orlando or Tampa; the precise number is determined each year based on membership in each chapter).
Officers and Senators are elected every Spring by the membership in a secret ballot. The President must be a Senator, and most other officers are also Senators although this is not required.
UFF-FSU is always eager for new members to serve as stewards and EC members. If you’re interested in serving in either of these roles – or in serving as a member of the collective bargaining team or a chapter committee – speak with a current EC member or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
For more on the UFF-FSU governance structure, see the Constitution & Bylaws.
For lists of current UFF-FSU stewards and EC members, click on the links below.