As a union of public employees, we’re aware that our working conditions are intimately tied in with decisions made by state and federal policy makers. Unfortunately, many of the politicians and government officials who make decisions about our universities fail to understand how universities function or how higher education is key to Florida’s future. It seems like every legislative session there are bills to limit academic freedom, mandate unproven educational “innovations,” and insert legislative fiat into the classroom. And, of course, there’s the constant struggle to maintain adequate funding for our universities.
UFF-FSU uses its location in Florida’s capital city to educate legislators and the general public. In 2009, for instance, we led the coalition that organized the state’s largest higher-education rally, the “Fate of the State” rally that attracted more than 1,000 marchers. This rally, and others like it, have been followed up by targeted phone calls to legislators and visits to their offices. [Please note that state law prohibits state resources from being used to influence legislation. So, if you call or e-mail your legislator, please use non-FSU equipment and a non-FSU e-mail address.]
Another way that UFF-FSU members work to influence change in Tallahassee is through support of UFF’s political action committee, UFF-PAC. UFF-FSU members are encouraged to donate $1 from each biweekly paycheck by filling out the form at the link below:
UFF-PAC Payroll Deduction Contribution Form
When it comes to improving the environment for higher education, we’re aware that we have many allies around the state and, depending on the issue, we may work together with the Board of Trustees, the Administration, student groups, parents’ groups, the Board of Governors, or other public employee unions to get a fair deal for FSU and its faculty.
For more on UFF-FSU’s political activities, see posts under the Political Action category.