The group is now the largest collective bargaining unit for a single school in the country. They are the fifth to form their union in Florida as part of the growing movement for increased investment in the state`s colleges and universities Florida has become an unlikely incubator of academic protest and organization. In less than two years, more than half — about 9,000 — of Florida`s extraordinary professors have either created or applied for their association. Over the past decade, investment per student in higher education in Florida has declined by 13 percent. Funding cuts have forced colleges and universities to fill the void by increasing tuition fees and relying on lower-paid complementary faculties. Extraordinary teachers earn a median of only $17,000 a year. Meanwhile, the average level of tuition fees has risen by 59 percent and student debt in Florida has grown faster than in any other state over the past three years. As a result, three of the six metropolitan areas experiencing the largest increase in student debt in the country are in Florida: Orlando, Tampa and Miami. A public college may pay union officials for trade union work involving direct worker representation, such as for example.
B salary negotiations and assistance in disciplinary cases, the Commission wrote. But the Commission said taxpayers should not subsidy other activities such as recruiting members, lobbying and attending charity events. FLORIDA – Today, extraordinary professors at Miami Dade College voted to create their association with SEIU FPSU Faculty Forward. With approximately 2,800 teachers with the right to vote, MDC will be Florida`s largest additional union and the largest collective bargaining unit for individual schools in the country. “Our fight for a union at Miami Dade College isn`t just about our wages or the lack of respect we face every day. It`s about getting up as a pedagogue in the nation`s largest college and saying it`s enough,” said Ximena Barrientos, an associate professor of earth sciences at Miami Dade College. We are tired of watching our students go to the board because tuition continues to rise. I`m tired of worrying about bill collectors if I`m worried about schedules. By standing up with one voice, we can demand the investments we need for our students and colleagues throughout Florida. The organizing campaign led by Miami Dade College professors drew national attention last month, after the government offered low-paid professors to consider public support.