UFF-UF Election Information 2020-2021

The UFF-UF officer elections for 2020-21 will include one contested position, for the office of President. UFF-UF members may vote for one of the two candidates running for President. These elections will be run electronically: all members will receive a secure and private link to their ballot through secure email. (Click here for more information on election procedure.) Brief statements by each candidate can be found below. 

The following positions are not contested and will be announced by acclamation by May 1st. A description of the offices and their duties is available here.

First Vice-PresidentTreasurer
Oscar CrisalleSean Trainor
Kole OdutolaTom Auxter
Jorg PetersAngela Bacsik
Meera SitharamSylvie Blum
Martin SorbilleOscar Crisalle
SecretaryJoan Frosch
Angela BacsikDavid Groisser
FEA DelegatesSusan Hegeman
Angela BacsikHélène Huet
Sylvie BlumBill Keegan
Oscar CrisalleMoon Lee
Joan FroschKole Odutola
David GroisserPaul Ortiz
Susan HegemanJorg Peters
Bill KeeganSam Putnam
Kole OdutolaLeah Rosenberg
Paul OrtizChurchill Roberts
Churchill RobertsMaria Rogal
Maria RogalMeera Sitharam
Meera SitharamMartin Sorbille

Statements of the candidates for Chapter President

Statement by William Keegan

I am a 20-year member serving as co-Chief Negotiator in the ongoing (1 ½ years) contract bargaining. The collective bargaining agreement is the minimum. I plan to push UF to address issues that do not require bargaining e.g. salary equity, administrative overload (estimated as 40% of faculty’s time), non-tenure-track (Clinical, Research, & Teaching) issues, UF funding for P.K. Yonge, communication and enhanced child-care opportunities. We also need to recruit department reps, and develop a system for holding administrators accountable even when their offenses do not rise to the level of grievance. We are the University.  

Statement by Paul Ortiz

After I arrived at the University of Florida in 2008, I began making office visits to encourage faculty in order to join UFF-UF.  I am UFF-UF’s delegate to the Central Labor Council. I have served our union in a variety of other capacities including vice-president, chair of the membership committee as well as first vice-president. I am chair of Government Relations for UFF-UF. My goals as president will be to grow our membership, organize coalitions with community-based organizations, as well as to promote awareness of the importance of unionism among faculty, staff and students in the challenging years to come.